How walkable is your neighborhood? Try Walk Score
Original post made by Angela Hey, Mountain View Voice Blogger, on Apr 21, 2009
Type in your address and you can find out how far it is to walk to nearby attractions. I typed in the Voice office on Evelyn Street and found it had a score of 86 out of 100. Google's head office, where the meeting was held, is further from amenities and had a score of 68.
If you are moving to a new neighorhood, going to college or planning a vacation you can find out if the place is walkable with Walk Score. The most walkable place in the US is San Francisco's Chinatown, being very compact (Map Source: Walk Score). The software uses Google's Map interfaces and census tract data to build a heat map. If a map region is red, it's not very walkable, if it's green you might manage without a car.
The next WebMapSocial meeting in June will feature a speaker from the Midwest talking about how dairy farmers can save the planet!