Score one for the iPhone! Now Walk Scores can be looked up on the fly using your iPhone.
What’s the significance of this app? Aside from the fact that the jazzy phone is becoming more computer-like and useful, it’s a leap forward for living sustainably.
More of my clients are wanting to live near something that they can walk to other than the mailbox. This trend spans the demographics of age and generation. If I could point to two groups that include this in their wish list it would be Gen X or Y who are seeking an urban hip location and Boomers who want to walk to basic services and events.
- Get the Walk Score of any location
- Map of nearby amenities with walking directions
- No more typing addresses! (use GPS instead)
- Reviews and ratings of amenities
If you own an iPhone, here a link to purchase the walkability app.
My Walk Score: 31 out of 100 — Car-Dependent is dismal. I do bike to the bank, post office, library and grocery store for when I need a couple of items only.
Personally I think the meter needs a bit of help. Aha! You can add what you think is missing via Google Maps. Alas! My score didn’t go up. Guess I’ll have to more destinations to push it into the moderately car dependent category.
Charlotte made the Top 40 Most Walkable Cities list ranking 38. Check it out!
What can you do to help make Raleigh a more walkable city or create more walkable neighbhorhoods?
- Talk to your legislator
- Follow Raleigh’s new Comprehensive Plan that became effective Nov 1, 2009
- Tell Congress to support walking, biking, and transit in the 2009 Transportation Bill. More information