MAPC’s Local Access Score helps Massachusetts communities prioritize sidewalk and bike route improvements on the most useful connections between residents and important local destinations.
The Local Access Score is calculated using travel demand software that uses input data on population and destinations to estimate the number of trips households are likely to make in a given day, the likely destinations of those trips, and the most direct routes connecting households to their destinations. The dataset contains a separate score for four different types of destinations (school, shops and restaurants, transit stations, and parks) and two different modes (walking and biking), for a total of eight basic scores. These scores are combined and weighted to produce walking and biking scores as well as an overall composite score.
Local Access Scores are available via an interactive online map and as a downloadable dataset that can be viewed and customized using GIS software. Follow the download link below to get the data; you will be prompted to provide your name and email address so we can provide you with updates when they become available. The User Guide provides a complete data dictionary and tips on working with the data.
Do you need help interpreting Local Access Scores or developing a pedestrian prioritization plan? MAPC provides technical assistance to cities and towns working to create complete streets. We can assist you with planning, assessment, and public engagement related to pedestrian and bike planning. MAPC can also customize the model to incorporate detailed local information about unmapped or informal pedestrian routes, sidewalk availability, or key destinations. Contact us to learn more.