The Walkability map

City Walkability map

WalkScore is developing colour coded walkability maps for cities. This is a great tool when buying an apartment, for tourists choosing hotels and for city and traffic planning. The basic score for Helsinki centre walkability is 74 out of maximum score 100 (Helsinki walkability). Hopefully we will soon have a full colour coded walkability map of Helsinki, too! //aito

http://www.walkscore.com (Seattle)

The Seattle city walkability map

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 dense enough for local businesses to flourish and for public transportation to be 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.

Your Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:

  • 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!
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