How Walkable is Your City?

We received so many positive comments as a result of Carol’s Story and are glad that you found inspiration and shared it with your friends. We hope you are eager to continue Camera Walking as a way to achieve your goals of health, fitness and creativity.

Power of Walking

Walk for health, fitness and creativity!

Just after we wrote our post, Everybody Walk announced its newest documentary, The Walking Revolution, that we think is right on the mark! It is worth devoting 30 minutes of your time to watch it, discover the power of walking, and learn what is being done to encourage more people to get out walking.

A community’s walkability is one factor that can impact people’s willingness to walk for exercise. We hear that when we talk about Camera Walking. Some say their city or neighborhood is not well suited for walking. If that is the case for you, keep safety in mind when you are walking on roads without sidewalks. Wear reflective or bright clothing and, if necessary, investigate parks and other spaces as alternatives.

Walk with safety in mind.

Walk with safety in mind.

For those of us who live in cities, the question is: what makes a neighborhood walkable? Thanks to Walk Score, a Seattle-based company, there is good definition that is broader than just safe sidewalks.

  • 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.

Walk Score has rated over 10,000 neighborhoods in the U.S, Canada and Australia and has come up with this listing.  Seattle is number 6 on the list, by the way. If you don’t find your city and neighborhood on the list you can check it through their website or via their app, Walk Score, that is free on iTunes or Google play.

Neighborhood walking

Neighborhood walking

Another option is this walkability checklist created by several U.S. government agencies and nonprofit organizations. Take it along with you when you are out Camera Walking.

Urban walking

Urban walking

There are so many benefits to walking, so take a few minutes today to watch The Walking Revolution, look up your neighborhood’s walkability score, and grab your camera and go out Camera Walking! Join the growing number of people who are discovering that walking is good for your health, fitness and creativity.

We love to hear from you so share your comments, photos and ideas with us on Facebook, here on this site, or send us an email at getmoving@camerawalking.com . Thanks!

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