Sunday, August 3, 2008
How "walkable" is your neighborhood? 'Tis a good question in light of the high gas prices and warming planet. You can find out how your neighborhood rates here. (Hat tip to Offspring #2 for the website.)
When you type in an address, the site comes up with a "walk score", which is a number between 0 and 100. Here's what they say about interpreting the numbers:
90–100 = Walkers' Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
70–89 = Very Walkable: It's possible to get by without owning a car.
50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!
Soooo.... I plugged a few addresses (including my own). Here's how they look:
RevSS: 85! After visiting her on Friday and walking around her cool neighborhood, I knew she would do well.
Offspring #1: 69! Not bad! She really can walk to pretty much whatever she needs. (And she only missed the next higher category by one point.)
Me: 25! Sigh. That's low, but not a surprise. Thank goodness my neighborhood is very bike friendly!
Dust Bunny: 9! Uh oh. Although her "in the cellar" score is made more palatable by her nice view overlooking the valley. :)
How does YOUR neighborhood stack up?
(I'm thinking Processing Counselor in NYC has a good shot at being the "winner"!)
got the picture of those happy toes from here