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Sugar Access

Easily Understand & Communicate Your Community's Accessibility

Sugar Access is the perfect tool to quickly score and understand your community's accessibility to employment opportunities, daily errands, public services, and much more.

Multi-Modal Accessibility

Calculate accessibility via walking, biking, using public transport or automobiles.

Calculate Accessibility Scores

Calculate separate scores by mode of transportation or combine into an overall accessibility score.

Simple Scenario Planning

Quickly test and compare proposed changes to your city’s transportation and land use.

Sugar Access Maps and Analysis

Access Score

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Sugar Access allows users to easily map Access Scores for your community.

This map shows an Access Score of walkability in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It scores areas highest which have walkable access to restaurants, bars, grocery stores, and other valued destinations.

In addition to scoring walkability, score vibrancy, healthy living, daily errands, or create your own.

Comes with Everything You Need. All in One Package

Data for Your
Community

Conduct your first analysis in less than an hour with all of your roadway and public transport networks, census data, and points of interest delivered with the software.

Sugar Access
Calculator

Generate accessibility scores and save the results in a geodatabase. Publish to your ArcGIS Online account for mapping and analysis.

Sugar Network Editor
for ArcGIS Desktop

Edit your walk, bike, public transport and roadway networks, allowing you to easily create and compare different scenarios.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Here’s a few answers to our most common questions.

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Sugar Access General Data and Availability

Here Roadway and Points of Interest Data and Availability

  • Are Here network and points of interest datasets available worldwide?

    Yes, Here provides detailed pedestrian and roadway network as well as points of interest datasets for the majority of countries across the globe and every city within those countries. Please contact your local sales representative for more information about global Here data.

  • At what level does Here provide pedestrian network data?

    Here provides a complete pedestrian network based on the built paths within a city. Here provides attributes based on whether those pedestrian paths are paved or not. Paths which are adjacent to roadways (i.e. sidewalks), however, are not specified as to whether they are paved or not.

  • At what level does Here provide bicycle network data?

    Here does not model specific bicycle infrastructure such as bicycle lanes and cycle tracks. Here network data does however contain bicycle/pedestrian paths which are separated from the roadway. Users also have the option to add in and utilize their own bicycle data for accessibility analysis if desired.

Sugar Access Transit Data Availability

Sugar Access Methodology

  • What modes of travel can be analyzed with Sugar Access?

    Sugar Access allows for every individual mode of travel to be analyzed in terms of accessibility (walk, bicycle, transit, drive). In addition, users may combine modes utilizing a shortest path methodology or weighted methodology (by mode splits).

  • Is accessibility measured by cost or travel time?

    Sugar Access’ Travel Time and Destination Summation analysis analyze accessibility through inter-zonal travel times. Sugar Access’ Access Score analysis utilizes decay functions to calculate travel costs. Both methodologies utilize a transit route enumeration methodology which apply different utility values for in and out of vehicle travel time.

  • How long does a typical accessibility analysis take to run?

    Run times within Sugar Access may vary depending on the number of transportation links and analysis zones. A typical run time for an analysis area of 10,000 zones is around two hours. Run times may be shorter when not analyzing transit access.

  • How are the origins and destinations selected for analyzing accessibility within Sugar Access?

    When Sugar Access conducts accessibility analysis, it is calculating travel times between the zones that are defined in your polygon layer. Each zone is then connected to the nearest roadway link through an automatically generated centroid connector and is inherently then defined as an origin in which accessibility will be analyzed to the selected destination. Point based origin and destinations then must be summarized within the analysis zones before analyzing their access. This can be done through the POI Summary application within Sugar Access.

  • Where does Sugar Access get travel time estimations from?

    Sugar Access calculates inter-zonal travel times when it runs its accessibility analysis. Thus, network attributes such as congested link drive times, transit line run times and pedestrian pathways are essential in calculating accurate accessibility travel times.

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