How walkable is your community?

It is hard to argue with the fact that there is no better bargain than good health. This is probably why in Ukraine people drink to “good health” more often than to anything else. ;-)

I have been fortunate to have inherited good genes from my parents and my health is so far so good. There is one factor however which troubles me a lot and it is my job. It is very unhealthy. My work day consists of, well, sitting. I spend the day in front of a computer and when it is time to leave I hop into my car and sit for another half-an-hour just to come home and sit some more at the dinner table and then yet more while blogging.

This is why when I found this interesting tool today which measures how walkable your neighborhood is I probably spent half a day playing with it and trying different locations. I only wish I found it a few years back when we were in the process choosing the place to live. Where we eventually settled down roads don’t have sidewalks and distances are stretched quite a bit.

Check out this cool website and the widget I embedded in the blog post, and tell me in the comments, how does your area score compared to, say, The White House (ranked at 92 out of 100)?

WalkScore screenshot

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7 Responses to “How walkable is your community?”

  1. 1 Jude Aug 8th, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    I’m working to improve trails in my town. Since I’ll soon be starting a job where I sit too much, I also purchased a mini-bike from Sharper Image. It fits under the desk so I can exercise while I’m working. I hate that feeling of sitting too much because I sense my muscles getting flabbier by the day.

  2. 2 Yan Aug 8th, 2007 at 11:47 pm

    Hmm, a mini-bike from Sharper Image… very interesting. Maybe this is where my cash back gift cards should go.

  3. 3 Alex Aug 9th, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Interesting that you mentioned this… I just discoverd this website a few days ago. I am not sure what they mean by walkable and how they come up with the ratings. I live in Farmington, MN and there are plenty of places to walk, yet my place is rated very badly. Unless they think you cannot walk if you don’t have groomed trails in the park ;) who knows… Speaking of cool sites – check this out:

  4. 4 Yan Aug 9th, 2007 at 9:28 am

    My guess is they consider variety of places and their proximity with some categories having preference over other. What did your score come to?

  5. 5 Alex Aug 9th, 2007 at 10:19 am

    My score was 12 ;(

    I know I live in “derevnya” and proud of it! ;)

    I dont need no stinking trails, I can walk tall anywhere I want to :p

  6. 6 Mike G. Aug 12th, 2007 at 12:27 pm

    My neighborhood got a 48.. Considering most places are about a mile away, not sure why we scored so poorly?

  7. 7 Dorky Dad Aug 14th, 2007 at 1:52 am

    My personal residence scored a whopping 8, while my rental homes had scores of 29, 20, and 25.

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