Cool tool

Head on over to walkscore.com to determine the walkability of your neighborhood.  If you’re looking to rent or buy a new place, use this tool to find a highly walkable neighborhood.  Location matters — some places are more conducive to active living than others.

Our current location rates a 66.  One of my addresses, in the Tower Grove South neighborhood, fared even better, at 72.  I’m dreaming of a 90+.

Here is the rating scale:

  • 90–100 = Walkers’ Paradise: Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car.
  • 70–89 = Very Walkable: It’s possible to get by without owning a car.
  • 50–69 = Somewhat Walkable: Some stores and amenities are within walking distance, but many everyday trips still require a bike, public transportation, or car.
  • 25–49 = Car-Dependent: Only a few destinations are within easy walking range. For most errands, driving or public transportation is a must.
  • 0–24 = Car-Dependent (Driving Only): Virtually no neighborhood destinations within walking range. You can walk from your house to your car!

One BIG caveat — this only shows a small part of the walkability picture: distance.  For example, if you live in a neighborhood alongside an interstate, and there is a grocery store, library, restaurant, and school directly on the other side of the interstate, say 1/2 mile on the map, this system would give it a high walkability rating.  However, you can’t just mosey across 8 lanes of 60 MPH traffic to get to those destinations.  In reality, you may have to travel 2+ miles to actually get to a point where you can cross the interstate.  In other words, NOT so walk friendly.  The system also does not take into account the presence/absence of pedestrian friendly street design, such as sidewalks and pedestrian crossings.

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