What is Walkability and Why is it so Cool?

What is Walkability and Why is it so Cool?

Walkability is the cornerstone and key to an urban area’s efficient ground transportation. Every trip begins and ends with walking. Walking remains the cheapest form of transport for all people. Construction of a walkable community provides the most affordable and equitable transportation system any community can plan, design, build and maintain. Walkable communities return urban environments to scale, pattern and mix for sustainability of resources (both natural and economic). They lead to more social interaction, physical fitness, diminished crime and increased wellness, addressing many social and economic problems. Walkable communities are more liveable built environments and lead to whole, happy, healthy lives for the people who live in them. Walkable communities attract and keep jobs, young adults, families, children and grandchildren.

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Being Walkable–What Does It All Mean?

Evening street cafe in Gorinchem. Netherlands

Is Walkability Important to You in Your Next Home Purchase?

Seattle ranks 6th most walkable among the nation’s 50 largest cities with a Walk Score of 74!

If being able to walk to most, if not all, destinations that meet your personal needs is important to you, then knowing a locale’s walk score may be a defining factor in determining where you will purchase your new home. Many of today’s buyers are looking for ways to eliminate excess and simplify their lives. Having the ability to walk/ride a bike to the most frequented places in your routine can minimize stress levels and add years to your life. Take a look at Seattle’s score—could being ‘walkable’ be right for you?