Wednesday, 8 August 2007

How walkable is your neighbourhood??

Thanks to Lucy Rawe, who's just pointed out this excellent little site which allows you to calculate the "walkability" of your neighbourhood.

The idea is that walkable neighbourhoods are healthier, more environmentally friendly, more sociable, and have stronger local businesses... So, if you type in your address, WalkScore will plot the amenities local to you in a Google Map, and give you a score out of 100 for the walkability of your neighbourhood... Unfortunately, my neighbourhood is not very walkable at all; my score was an abysmal 7 out of 100 (although the shop next but one, and the pub four doors away are not listed). School scores slightly higher - 27 out of 100.

Click here or on the picture to read more about what the scores mean and what a "walkable neighbourhood" is, and then leave a comment to let us know your score!


Holly said...

Wow... 38. Quite disappointing really. Hope you are having a good holiday.

Miss Ellis said...

Nice to hear from you Holly - I will see you on Thursday!!

38 is not that bad really for our general area - compare it to 27 for school and 7 for my house! You also have to bear in mind the flaws of the website, in that it uses Google business listings - if your business isn't there, it won't be counted. Try it again when you get to uni - I bet it will be quite different!