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Walk Score - a tool that helps determine "walkability" of a specific address

Original post made by Sanford Forte, Evergreen Park, on Jul 23, 2007

Here is "Walk Score", a wonderful online tool that helps calculate the "walkability" of an address. The primary variable is proximity to stores, restauants, parks, etc.

This is not a perfect tool, because more rural places are also "walkable", albeit in a different way

Have fun!

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Posted by bob
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jul 24, 2007 at 10:16 pm

Another way of determining walkability is for a person to decide how far he/she is willing to walk to reach a particular store, park, etc. For example draw a 1/4 or 1/2 mile radius circle around your home. Do the stores you wish to visit fall within that radius?

I think many people don't realize how far 1/2 mile is - and that they have to walk back the same distance. Most would settle for perhaps a 1/4 mile radius. If people walk about 2 to 2 1/2 miles and hour, a 1/2 mile walk would take about 12 to 15 minutes. While I often walk up to 3 miles at a time, I do it carrying either no or one light parcel only.

The idea of this walkability site has merit. Let's hear from someone who has used it.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2007 at 10:23 pm

Walkability is one thing. As you say, carrying a light parcel and walking is another. However, even a modest collection of groceries can get heavy not to say bulky. And these groceries, in this summer weather, you would not want to be carrying anything that could get spoilt from the heat.

Walkability is fine. In the days before refrigerators most housewives had to shop on a daily basis. There was a good market on the corner of most streets. Nowadays, a decent supermarket is a lot further away.

I wouldn't mind walking to my nearest supermarket (approx. 1 mile away) and catching a bus back, unfortunately, there isn't one. I have taken a baby in a stroller and done some grocery shopping. However, more than that is nigh on impossible.

I only walk to places like church (which is 1 mile each way) because I do not have anything to carry. Otherwise, unless they improve the bus service, I can't walk to do errands. Full Stop.

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Posted by A resident
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 25, 2007 at 10:52 am

I agree that carrying a parcel while walking is a different animal than walking by itself. Once, when unprepared, I bought groceries and walked less than a mile home. However, the plastic bag was seriously digging into my hand by the end, which hampered my grip for quite awhile after that. Now if I expect to carry groceries, I will bring a small wheeled cart.

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Posted by joyce
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Jul 29, 2007 at 12:26 pm

Let's hear it for people who put benches in front of their houses, or have low walls that can be sat upon. This noticeably expands walking distance.

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Posted by Alan
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 1, 2007 at 7:42 am

This site it great. Our house had a walk-ability score of only 57, but it was do to the distance to things like movie theaters and clothing stores, which are that important to us.

The things that were important to us - groceries (Piazza), and a nice large park (Mitchell) and schools (middle and elementary) are very close. It the the walk-ability bike-ability of this town compared to others we were considering that had us move here in 99.

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2007 at 6:14 pm

BIG flaws with the walk rating. It does not account for not crossings of the track for pedestrians between California Ave. and Meadow. I live near Loma Verde and Alma. As the crow flies, yes Boulware Park may be .27 miles, but walking it is over a mile and a half. Hoover is much closer at .41. Also, It shows my "walkable" 7-11 is in Mountain View near San Antonio (1.61 miles), not Colorado Ave in Palo Alto - a full mile closer.
Software modification needed, but good concept.

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 2, 2007 at 6:27 pm

Forgot to give score - 57.

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