My home address (in New York, not in Prague) scored 92 on the Walk Score site: A walker’s paradise.
I am not surprised. When I’m there, I walk everywhere: I walk to get my coffee, I walk to get my groceries, I walk to the post office and to the library. I don’t have a car, so I am not even tempted to drive. I am pretty sure I would suffocate in a place where you have to drive everywhere. I have tried it before and I quickly realized it was not for me. As much as I love a good road trip, “commuting” doesn’t really do it for me.
Americans don’t score well when it comes to walking. According to this Market Watch article, fewer than 6% of all trips are by foot. Fewer than 13% of students travel by foot. Some three-fourths of all short trips Americans take — less than a mile — are made by car. One-fourth of all car trips made are less than a mile. That is a frightening statistic if you ask me.
How walkable is your neighborhood? Plug in your address here and the walkability of your hood will be revealed.