I just found a neat website with a fast and easy evaluation of the walkability of one’s immediate community: www.walkscore.com. I typed in my home address and – voila! – the neighborhood in downtown Cortland is ‘Very Walkable’.
What does that mean? Walk Score measures the distance from your address to restaurants, coffee places, grocery stores, parks, schools, and cultural sites and provides a map showing all nearby businesses. It shows me that I’m 0.31 miles from the library, 0.40 miles from Suggett Park, etc.
Walk Score also estimates the time, length, and cost of your commute. It would cost $37 per month if I drove to work every day – that’s $444 per year – good thing I carpool or walk!
The website offers an array of other quick transportation-related activities – graphing your transportation expenses as a portion of your spending, finding apartments by walkability, offers social networking, and asks users to help add further attractions to expand its effectiveness.