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How Walkable are you?

By Brian | July 27, 2007 | Share on Facebook

Check out Walkscore.com. You put in a street address and zipcode, and it tells you how “walkable” the address is, based on its proximity to grocery stores, restaurants, coffee shops, bars, movie theaters, schools, parks, libraries, bookstores, fitness centers, drug stores, hardware stores and clothing/music stores.

Even more interestingly, it shows you a Google Map with the eight closest establishments in each category marked, and a clickable list that will find each for you on the map & tell you its walking distance. Who knew, for instance, that there were four Dunkin’ Donuts and two Starbucks within 3 miles of my home, and also something called the “Illusions Go-Go Lounge” just 1.89 miles away?

My suburban, New Jersey home scored just a 6 out of 100 (“Driving Only”), whereas my Rockefeller Center office location scored a 98 (“Walker’s Paradise”). What do you have to do to get a 100 on this thing?

Anyway, I know that at least one of my loyal readers will instantly consider this his favorite site on the web, so I thought I’d post it for his benefit, at least.

So, how about it? What’s your walkscore? Leave a comment & let me know…

Topics: Random Acts of Blogging | 3 Comments »

3 Responses to “How Walkable are you?”

  1. Chris says at November 28th, 2007 at 5:41 pm :
    Walk Score can be rather helpful. It can help you choose the best place to live or estimate your present location. You can also use such service as Drive Score. With it you can see how close establishments are by car. The greater number of businesses nearby, the higher the Drive Score. I ve found Drive Score at http://drivescore.fizber.com/

  2. Barmadilka says at December 3rd, 2007 at 5:12 am :
    Thanks for the article. That’s really cool.
    And thanks to chris for one more link. I’ve spent about an hour entering different home addresses and estimating their walkscore and Drivescore.
    BTW you can find Bikescore
    there too.

  3. brian says at December 3rd, 2007 at 8:36 am :
    Thanks, everybody!

    Nothing enhances a blog better than an informative group of readers/commenters…