Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Walk Score

I stumbled upon a new gadget on the web that I think is kind of cool. It really appeals to my eco-friendly style. It's purpose is to measure the "walkability" of a neighborhood. I quickly typed in my address and got a Walk Score of 72 for Mount Dora. Very Walkable!

They define a walkable neighborhood as the following:
"Picture a walkable neighborhood. You lose weight each time you walk to the grocery store. You stumble home from last call without waiting for a cab. You spend less money on your car—or you don't own a car. When you shop, you support your local economy. You talk to your neighbors."
Ditto! That is one of the main reasons why I chose to move here. So that I could walk downtown to the parks and the festivals. So I could walk home after having a few too many glasses of wine. I enjoy the feeling of community I get by walking to do all of my errands, to go to the post office, pick up some coffee, get a pedicure.

What's your neighborhoods walk score? Check it out at www.WalkScore.com.

--Rachelle


3 comments:

Nikka said...

Yes, walk score is real a good idea! But why only walk score?How often do we walk nowadays? More and more people drive cars.I have also tried one more service at http://drivescore.fizber.com/. It is called Drive Score.With the help of it you can see how close establishments are by car. Try! It's really a perfect idea!

Rachelle Lucas said...

This site is great too! Living in Florida, we do depend a lot more on our cars than big Northern cities. However, I do love living in downtown Mount Dora where I can walk at least to the post office or to get coffee or sushi. But, Drive Score is FANTASTIC as well! Thanks for sharing!

deadman said...

It’s difficult to me to understand how computer counts my walk, drive and others scores. By what criterion it judges? I don’t agree with my mark and I feel upset! I don’t need most things (Gas Station, Railway Station) that computer proposing to me. But I found a service http://drivescore.fizber.com/ that offers me to choose things by myself. So my score become much higher then it was.