I recently added a really great feature to my website and it’s called Walk Score™. To sum it up nicely, Walk Score™ helps people like yourself find walkable places to live. You are probably saying walking in Atlanta? Yes. It calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, so you don’t have to use your vehicle! Walk Score™ measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle, and not how pretty the area is for walking.
For the example above, I used Luxe located in Midtown. Luxe scored a 91 and is a walkers’ paradise.
What does my score mean?
Your Walk Score™ is a number between 0 and 100. Here are general guidelines for interpreting your score:
- 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!
Walk Score™ uses a patent-pending system to measure the walkability of an address. The Walk Score™ algorithm awards points based on the distance to the closest amenity in each category. If the closest amenity in a category is within .25 miles (or .4 km), we assign the maximum number of points. The number of points declines as the distance approaches 1 mile (or 1.6 km)—no points are awarded for amenities further than 1 mile. Each category is weighted equally and the points are summed and normalized to yield a score from 0–100. The number of nearby amenities is the leading predictor of whether people walk.
Try out my new feature by clicking on the words “Walk Score” on the upper right corner of any listing.