PEQI/BEQI Technical Assistance
The Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (PEQI) was developed to assess the quality of the physical pedestrian environment and inform pedestrian planning needs. The PEQI is an observational survey which quantifies street and intersection factors empirically known to affect people’s travel behaviors, and is organized into five categories: traffic, street design, land use, intersections, and safety.
The Bicycle Environmental Quality Index (BEQI) is also a quantitative observational survey that assesses the bicycle environment on roadways and evaluates what streetscape improvements could be made to promote bicycling in San Francisco. The survey has 22 empirically-based indicators, each of which has been shown to promote or discourage bicycle riding and connectivity to other modes of transport.
The SFDPH Health and Place team created these two tools to help assess the physical environment for pedestrians and cyclists. Data collected through the visual assessment of street segments and intersection features are entered into a Microsoft Access Database that automatically scores the data. The data can then be visualized using GIS mapping software. Both the PEQI and BEQI survey tools, with accompanying manuals and Microsoft Access databases, are available for download in the Document Library under the Transportation category.
Staff members in the Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability can offer technical assistance to individuals or groups in the San Francisco Bay area using the PEQI and/or BEQI tools. In the past, SFDPH has worked with community groups and non-profit organizations to provide training on the PEQI and BEQI and has assisted with mapping the results. Limited technical assistance is available for individuals or groups outside of the San Francisco area.