Walk Score - a tool that helps determine "walkability" of a specific address
Original post made by Sanford Forte on Jul 23, 2007
This is not a perfect tool, because more rural places are also "walkable", albeit in a different way
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.
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.
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.