Here’s a chance to learn about the walking-friendliness of your neighborhood. If you are looking for alternatives to automobile transportation in your everyday life, check this out:
This is a google maps “mash-up” using mapping technology and info about your neighborhood to give you a ranking. On a scale of 1-100, anything above 70 is a good neighborhood, 90-100 is excellent.
Try it out for yourself at https://www.redfin.com/how-walk-score-works.
From their website:
What makes a neighborhood walkable?
Walkable communities tend to have the following characteristics:
* A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a discernable center, whether it’s a shopping district, a main street, or a public space.
* Density: The neighborhood is compact, rather than spread out, which brings people closer to stores and jobs and makes public transportation more cost effective.
* Mixed income, mixed use: Housing is provided for everyone who works in the neighborhood: young and old, singles and families, rich and poor. Businesses and residences are located near each other.
* Parks and public space: There are plenty of public places to gather and play.
* Accessibility: The neighborhood is accessible to everyone and has wheelchair access, plenty of benches with shade, sidewalks on all streets, etc.
* Well connected, speed controlled streets: Streets form a connected grid that improves traffic by providing many routes to any destination. Streets are narrow to control speed, and shaded by trees to protect pedestrians.
* Pedestrian-centric design: Buildings are placed close to the street to cater to foot traffic, with parking lots relegated to the back.
* Close schools and workplaces: Schools and workplaces are close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.