July 7th , 2010
Long time coming….and not exactly 100% correct……. but still, Walkscore.com is trying.
In these days of escalating fuel prices, public transit cost increases, car-pooling, favored school zones, etc…its nice to know that there are some things that can be accomplished on behalf of your own form of public transportation……your feet!
And that’s where walkscore.com comes in.
People looking to buy homes for sale in Nelson will really appreciate this. Come to think of it, it doesn’t just relate to Nelson Real Estate, it really relates to anywhere in New Zealand.
Utilisied by many stateside folk, its point of being is that it offers up a “rating” to whether or not your desired or projected new place of residence is classified as a “walk to …places” friendly sort of place.
Eighteen months ago I discussed what I thought about this concept, and hinted about its potential.
At that stage it was a USA only type of thing. Launched in 2007, by July of that year they had over 1,000,000 addresses rated.
Importantly though……certainly at least for us antipodeans, keep it in mind…….that they do kinda “gets a few things wrong.”
For Stoke, my home patch, it suggests that you can’t walk to most amenities and in-fact it goes so far as to suggest as much that Stoke FAILS on the “walkability status”, giving us a 45 out of 100 score.
WRONG. Couldn’t be farther from the truth.
Then again where does New Zealand….let alone Nelson rate in their worldwide scheme of things.
But…forgetting that minor inconvenience – overall my local fail is a minor thing because what the website achieves overall is just fantastic.
Little things “irk me” – like being told I have to travel 81kms for a bookstore, when I know I only have to travel 6-8kms at most.
Time has progressed and even if you don’t classify yourself as an “eco-warrior” you still really owe it to yourself to CLICK HERE and at the very least, try them out at least once.