Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Go take a walk


Can you walk from your home to a grocery store, library or movie theater? How about from your office?

Check out Walk Score to determine just how pedestrian-friendly a location might be. You simply enter an address into the search field, and the site offers a "walk score" based on the proximity of parks, shops, restaurants, schools and all those other necessities.

The site's mission: "We help homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods. Walk Score shows you a map of what's nearby and calculates a Walk Score for any property. Buying a house in a walkable neighborhood is good for your health and good for the environment." I'd think it would also be useful to a business interested in attracting foot traffic, and wanting to know about nearby facilities.

The site recognizes that it's algorithms can't account for features like highways or bodies of water that might make a route impassable on foot. But it's still a great way to approximate walk-ability.

4 comments:

Roger Green said...

You're right about the limitations: 22 Corporate Woods gets a 38%, but at least half the sites within a mile of the building are on the other side of I-90, not easily accessible if one is not suicidal.

Pat Higgins said...

OCC's walk score is 25. Sigh.....

Pat Higgins said...

Even worse - my home walk score is 0 !

Dasha said...

I believe that walk score is cool, but nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars. Homes are often located in an area where some establishments are easier to get to by car than on foot. I've recently found a type of service on drivescore which is called Drive Score. It shows a map of what establishments are in your neighborhood and calculates a Drive Score based on the number of places within a convenient driving distance. It doesn’t mean that drive score is better than walk score – they are equal and both necessary in the modern world!