What is a Bike Audit?
A bike audit is a tool for making observations and gathering recommendations to improve bikeability. Participants in a bike audit can include local residents, employees, business owners, and public officials who have different bicycling abilities resulting in recommendations that reflect a wide range of bicyclist opinions.
Routes are selected in advance, taking auditors through varied bicycle environments with designated stopping points for facilitated discussion. On the audit day, comments are recorded in
several ways - notes taken during facilitated discussion, participant notes taken on the route during and/or after the audit, or pictures taken by audit leaders and/or participants. Notes are then compiled into a draft report that auditors are asked to review and comment on.
Bike audits provide the public with an opportunity to influence plans and projects that affect the bicycling environment.
City of Redmond Bike Audit
In the spring of 2010, the City of Redmond received Federal funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's "Communities Putting Prevention to Work"
(CPPW) Program via the Department of Public Health - Seattle/King County. This is a Federal stimulus grant to support obesity prevention and tobacco cessation.
Approximately 25 people participated in the bike audit, joining City staff on two selected routes - around Downtown and from Downtown to Overlake. Facilitated discussion during the audit included such points as what cyclists like or don't like, what they want to keep or change, and what they identify as missing from the existing bicycle environment.
Results of the bike audit will be evident in the bicycle and pedestrian sections of Redmond's Transportation Master Plan update that will be completed in August of 2012. The full report of the City's bike audit
is now available for review.