Walkability is critical to the health of the city. Many times we hear how walkability is being promoted by the city as one of the key ingredients to solving the city’s transportation problems. We see it in the plans for densification through the Avenues and Mid Rise guidelines.
We all know what gets measured, gets managed. Objectives can we set to improve scores to demonstrate that a planned strategy is working.
With that in mind, friends at ESRI developed a prototype using the data from Walkscore to map out the walkability of Toronto.
as you can see the whole city is covered at one level of granularity and eastern part along Danforth has a much better resolution using more data points. Walkscore provides data for 3000 cities.
If the city continues promoting walkability as an objective then
mapping out these scores can help to:
1. preserve the walkability of high scoring areas
2. expand the area of high scoring areas
3. promote higher scores in lower scoring areas.