Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels?

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Is Your Town Pedestrian Friendly or Are You Just Spinning Your Wheels?

Food for Thought

Walking has terrific health benefits. It is good for the environment and it makes financial sense as real estate with a high walkability score commands a premium on the market.


A newly upgraded and very handy website allows you to plug in just about any town in the nation and come away with a walk score:   But what exactly does this score mean? 



What makes a neighborhood walkable?

 (The following highlighted bullet points were copied from the above-referenced website.)


  • A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
  • People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
  • Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
  • Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
  • Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
  • Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
  • Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.

Quality of Life. 

It means still being able to participate in activities although you no longer drive.


It means proximity to restaurants, transportation and shopping.

It might further include:


  • bike lanes
  • sidewalks
  • resting spots in the middle of large and busy streets
  • access to public transportation
  • parks and green spaces for relaxation and cultural activities
  • trees for shade and beauty
  • recreational centers
  • community services i.e., a farmer's market



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Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Walking is a great form of exercise and comes with many rewards. Yes, we should avoid getting run over - if at all possible. Laughing at Gary's remark. :)

Apr 24, 2014 03:40 AM #16
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!

Jill,  I have been seeing those walk scores on our Colorado listings in MLS and love it.  What a great idea to let buyers know how easily they can access what they need by foot.

Apr 24, 2014 03:49 AM #17
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Living in a SW spreadout type city walkability has never been high in the past, we are a driving city. However, in the last 10 years especially Oklahoma City has done exceptional work crreating walking and bike paths and it is getting much better. There is more to do but we know that this is important to relocating businesses.

Apr 24, 2014 04:25 AM #18
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Charlotte is pretty much a suburban city, so we won't see much of a walkability score. But we do have lots of parks and greenways and many subidivisions have walking trails... so people have access to walking exercise. But this information doesn't get picked up in the walkability scores.

Apr 24, 2014 06:30 AM #19
Elyse Berman, PA
Best Connections Realty, Inc. - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824 CRS, ABR, GRI,ePR

Jill, I think New York is definitely more walk able than Florida, but we have certain areas that lend themselves more to it.  Walking is great for you.   Many of the communities here have walking paths.   

Apr 24, 2014 07:28 AM #20
Jeff Jensen
The Federal Savings Bank/Lending in 50 states - Greenwich, CT

Like most towns these days our town has both central walk-able and heavily trafficked areas.

Apr 24, 2014 07:56 AM #21
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Jill- we love to walk but as Elyse said, our area has areas for walking but probably not like New York!  I'm going to check it out. 

Apr 24, 2014 09:34 AM #22
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Jill, a portion of our community is becoming very pedestrian friendly. It's getting harder and harder to find homes in that area. You can walk to just about everything, and people love it.

Apr 24, 2014 10:01 AM #23
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

This is a great website.  Here in NH even if you had a good walk score the several feet of snow and ice may make it impossible to walk!  LOL

Apr 24, 2014 12:12 PM #24
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Jill, We are not a walk friendly town. Very few major roads even have sidewalks. We are behind the times.

Apr 24, 2014 12:19 PM #25
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Jill - with the designation of the Ttrail Capitol of Canada here in Uxbridge we still don't meet the criteria in your post

Apr 24, 2014 03:55 PM #26
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Jill. Living in the rural part of CT that we do, the entire area is walk/run friendly. That is why we live where we do.

Apr 24, 2014 08:52 PM #27
Karen Mathers - REALTOR®
Keller Williams Vero Beach - Vero Beach, FL
When it Matters, Choose Mathers! 772-532-3221

Our area has communities that are walk friendly, but for the most part we are transportaion dependent.  The upside of this is the quiet areas, some people just do not care to be in the center of things.  We are lucky to be able to offer either option!

Apr 25, 2014 01:25 AM #28
IRMA Beltran
Century 21 M & M and Associates-Turlock homes Real Estate - Turlock, CA
Your Real Estate Agent 4 Life Always there 4 You!

Turlock is rated 43 but wouldn't trade living here for anything. It's a nice little town. 

Have a Blessed day

Apr 25, 2014 12:21 PM #29
Evelyn Johnston
Friends & Neighbors Real Estate - Elkhart, IN
The People You Know, Like and Trust!

Downtown Elkhart has been revamping the housing scene for the past several years and there is plenty to do within walking distance.

Apr 28, 2014 12:11 PM #30
Bliss Real Estate
Bliss Real Estate - Cary, NC
#1 KW Group in Cary

Very interesting.  Our home down indicates it is car dependant....but it doesn't take into consideration the number of greenways and walking trails in the town. I agree that public transportation is minimal, however, based on community knowledge they have done this intentionally to keep mass amounts of people from coming into the town, from more populous areas nearby.

I wonder if other towns take that philosophy also. 

May 05, 2014 04:23 AM #31
Katherine Neurohr
Real Estate of Florida - Stuart, FL

Jill, this "Town Center" concept is really catching on, especially for seniors who may have concerns about there ability to drive in the future.

My community, Rocky Point, Stuart, FL, has the sidewalks and parks, but no commercial areas on the interior. So, we have to drive to the nearest gas station market to get milk.  

Very good insight to the future Jill.

May 05, 2014 04:35 AM #32
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices

While in general you need a car here for your everyday activities, living on the beach has its advantages - the beach. This is where all the walking in the area happens.

Today we walked 5 miles. Barefoot, on wet hard packed Daytona sand.

In that sense our beach is very pedestrian friendly. Much friendlier than the beach in Miami. Cause our sand is not soft

May 11, 2014 02:44 PM #33
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Debb - It's nice to be able to walk when we want.

Belinda - It's definitely helpful but doesn't account for walking trails.

Joe - We've all been driving cities, in the past. Priorities have shifted.

Nina - Absolutely correct.

Elyse - some parts of Florida are just as good. I'm thinking Collins Avenue.

Jeff - and that works out fine.

Kathy - I wasn't just thinking of New York City but walkable pockets that have sprung up in suburban areas.

Mike - People do love it and homes go fast.

May 11, 2014 10:04 PM #34
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Joan - I've seen enough snow and ice for a while.

Debbie - No sidewalks is an impediment.

Kathy - But it is an option, a good one.

Joe - Sounds like the perfect balance.

Karen Anne - Offering both options is very special.

Irma - If you love your town, there's no reason to ever move.

Evelyn - it's on everyone's radar.

Keith -I'm sure there are plenty of neighborhoods that would intentionally remain hard to reach for the reason you mentioned.

Katherine - that's who I had in mind when I first learned of this concept.

Jon - You'll never have to sell me on the joys of walking on the beach. Miami sand vs. Daytona's? I can't weigh in because I've never been where you live but sand and surf is really all I need as a backdrop for the rest of my days.

May 11, 2014 10:13 PM #35
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