Is San Fran More Walkable Than NYC?

Remember that web site, Walk Score, that you could use to rank your neighborhood’s pedestrian-friendliness? They just came out with a souped-up new version that is very cool yet somehow manages to rank San Francisco the #1 most walkable city in the U.S. and New York City #2. Is Eastern Queens really dragging us down that badly? Doesn’t pretty much everyone have a car in the Bay Area? Of the 138 "Walker’s Paradises" (neighborhoods with a Walk Score of 90 or higher) 38 can be found in New York.

The new web site takes the opportunity to do a bit of advocacy work as well. Check this out:

You can improve America’s Walk Score by urging Congress to support walking, biking and transit in the 2009 Transportation Bill. Right now, Congress is getting ready to write the new 2009 Transportation Bill-an opportunity that only comes along once a decade. Did you know?

Congress spends about $60 billion a year on transportation.

Getting a great Walk Score doesn’t happen by chance. Walkable neighborhoods result from smart policy decisions that allocate our tax dollars and set the rules for development. Unfortunately, current federal rules and funding priorities make it difficult for communities to create walkable neighborhoods.

Walk Score will hand-deliver the list of supporters to Congress on foot, on bike, on bus, and on subway with our partner Transportation for America.

  • Congress spends about $60 billion a year on transportation.
  • Nearly 85% of that goes to expanding or maintaining highways.
  • Only 1.5%—about $3 per American per year—goes to support walking and biking. About 15% goes to support public transit.
  • 83% percent of Americans live in metropolitan areas, yet only 5% live within walking distance of decent public transit.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Walk Score Goes Multimodal With the Addition of Transit Score

|
Like much of Manhattan, Streetsblog HQ nets a "Rider’s Paradise" rating from Transit Score. One of the simplest and best tools for promoting walkable development has branched out into the full range of car-free transportation. Walk Score, the website which measures how many neighborhood amenities are within walking distance of a given location, has added […]
STREETSBLOG USA

Is Charlotte the Least Walkable City in America?

|
Walk Score just released its annual list of the nation’s most walkable cities, and the top of the list generally looks like what you’d expect. New York, San Francisco, Boston, and Philadelphia took the top four spots, though our friends at Transit Miami did take strong exception to their hometown rating right up there in fifth place. All […]

New York Rightfully Takes Over Top Spot on Walk Score

|
Step aside, San Francisco! Walk Score, the website that ranks locations, neighborhoods and cities based on the number of amenities within walking distance and the pedestrian-friendliness of the street network, has come out with its first new city rankings since 2008. Based on updated listings and new Census data, New York City has taken over […]
STREETSBLOG USA

“Opportunity Score” Shows Best Places to Find a Job Without Owning a Car

|
Which places put economic opportunity within reach for residents who don’t own cars? There’s a new tool to evaluate housing locations according to the accessibility of jobs via transit and walking. Redfin, the company that runs Walk Score, today released “Opportunity Score,” which ranks millions of addresses across 350 cities based on the number of jobs within a 30-minute walk […]

Report: New York’s Transit and Walkability Keys to Age-Friendly City

|
The best places to grow old aren’t in Florida or Arizona, according to a report released today by the Milken Institute, a California-based think tank. Phoenix’s woeful transportation system, which offers few travel options for people too old to drive everywhere, disqualifies that purported haven for retirees. No, the best places for the fast-growing 65-plus […]