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A Walk Score screenshot for Gloucester Rd, Bristol. source

Walk Score details what facilities are available within walking distance of a location. Based on the availability of these facilities it then provides an overall score for any property.

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Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. It calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc and provides each location with a Walk Score. The site allows users to measure how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle in an area and allows a comparison of different locations based on their walkability scores.

Walk Score uses data and mapping from Google Maps. However, coverage in some areas can be limited due to a lack of completeness and accuracy of this data. Walk Score tries to filter out some bad results manually and business owners can update their own listings. In addition, GoogleMaps, from which the scores are based on, provides a way for people to update the business listings in their neighbourhood.

History

Walk Score was launched in July 2007 and is a project of Front Seat Management which was founded by Mike Mathieu to promote environmental living. Mike was formerly a General Manager of MSN.com at Microsoft and founded a directory business that he sold in 2006.

Walk Score is becoming more commonly used in reports on the state of transportatoin an area [1] as well as being used on over 5,000 amenity site maps.[2]

Future development

Walk Score currently provides coverage for the United States, Canada and the UK, with support for more countries intended. The system currently uses as the crow flies distances rather than walking directions to provide results. This can provide incorrect results as fetures such as lakes long curving streets with few junctions are not taken into consideration. Walk Score are currently investigating using Google Walking Directions to calculate distances.

References

  1. a family copes with the unexpected cost of urban sprawl - NRDC.org
  2. over 5000 walk score amenity map sites - Walk Score blog

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