Location, location, location may be the golden rule of real estate but you seldom hear walkability cited as key in making neighbourhoods great. Cheers are in order for Walkscore, a handy website for assessing the ‘walk factor’ of neighborhoods. You just type in an address and it gives you a score out of 100. Use this scale to check out your location:
- 90 – 100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
- 70 – 90 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
- 50 – 70 = Some Walkable Locations: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
- 25 – 50 = Not Walkable: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
- 0 – 25 = Driving Only: Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!
It’s not a big surprise that most of Kits is considered very walkable.
Last modified: June 22, 2008