Walkability or Walk Score is a measure of how pedestrian friendly an area is. It was developed by a third party company called “Walk Score” out of Seattle, Washington (now owned by Redfin) to promote walkability in neighborhoods. They developed a patented algorithm that can detect the walkability of any address and issue a quantifiable number based on distance to amenities, sidewalks, block length, etc.
A Walk Score of 90-100 is the highest. This is what they call walker’s paradise where daily errands do not require a car.
A Walk Score of 70-89 is very walkable. Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
A Walk Score of 50-69 is somewhat walkable. Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
Walkability: Urban vs Suburb
With all this in mind, it is easy to see why urban areas are considered more walkable and therefore have better, higher walkability scores than suburban areas. Think about it this way: whether someone is in a wheelchair, biking or rollerblading to a grocery store 3 blocks from their homes, they should all have the ability to travel on the same streets without issue. Rocks and potholes shouldn’t create uneven terrain to cross. The crosswalks should also have signs that let them know how much time remains for them to safely cross the street. When these factors exist harmoniously in one neighborhood, the walkability score soars! This also helps residents feel a connection to their community because they can easily travel without taking a car or even public transit to get to their destination.
Philadelphia’s Walkability Score
The city of Philadelphia was named the 5th most walkable city in the United States. For some neighborhoods in Philadelphia, walkability is a huge a selling point in encouraging people to live in or visit. We are proud to announce that the neighborhood our residents call home——is rated at 74, making it a highly walkable and easily navigable neighborhood! With access to even, smooth sidewalks, pedestrian lights at each crosswalk, wide crosswalks for multiple people or wheelchair access to cross roads and combined with multiple restaurants, shopping centers, parks, pharmacies and grocery stores just minutes away, Bustleton is a totally ideal residential neighborhood in Philadelphia.