What’s a Walk Score?
Ever heard of Walk Score?
For those of you that haven’t noticed, there’s a new section in the MLS for Green property features. Most of the features do not apply to a typical listing (at least not yet), and have more to do with LEED scoring. However, there is one feature that is easy for anyone without LEED experience to use – Walk Score.
Walk Score is a website that calculates how “walkable” a particular address is – meaning: how far do you have to walk to get to basic amenities like simple groceries, parks, restaurants, and clothing stores? At a location with a high score, most daily errands could be completed without using your car.
Walk Score helps you find a walkable place to live. Walk Score is a number between 0 and 100 that measures the walkability of any address. Learn about Transit Score and Bike Score.
Daily errands do not require a car.
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
Most errands require a car.
Almost all errands require a car
Walk Score has also launched Bike Score – which gives a score based on the bike-ability of a particular neighborhood; taking into account whether it’s hilly or flat, available bike lanes, or heavy traffic.
There is even an application that calculates your daily commute. You enter your home address and your work address, then Walk Score calculates how long it takes to get to work by car, with public transportation, on foot, or on bike. It also details how much time and gas you spend each month on your commute.
Taking advantage of a more walk-able or bike-able neighborhood could potentially reduce your daily commute times, lower your overall carbon footprint, and possibly improve your overall health.
LEED Green Associate