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Why do the routes that Ride the City generates involve so many steps?

Ride the City generates routes with a larger-than-expected number of steps for a few reasons:

  1. Safer bike routes tend to be longer routes as Ride the City tries to steer riders toward greenways, bike lanes, and other quiet streets. Those extra blocks can mean a few extra steps.
  2. Ride the City generates an additional step each time a bike lane begins or ends on a street. For example, if a route includes a street that has no bike lane for 4 blocks, a bike lane for 12 blocks, and then no bike lane for 2 blocks, Ride the City shows three steps.
  3. Ride the City also generates steps when the name of a street changes. For example, a route on West 10th Street that crosses Fifth Avenue will add a step because the street's name changes to East 10th Street.
  4. Incorrect street data can lead to extraneous steps. Our initial data set was inconsistent in its use of abbreviations and street numbers. That means a route might have three steps on "5 Ave," "5 Av," and "5th Ave" that all describe the same street. Please let us know when you notice this and we'll fix it.