Walking – Biking – Driving Directions all-in-one

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Brilliant. Want to know which is faster - walking, biking, driving? That's easy enough to discern using Google Maps, but in a quest for efficiency, Michael Schade at the Mobility Lab has constructed the Side-by-Side Router: Once you pick two end-points, the four modes' routes are drawn with different colors. It's been surprising to see how the routes vary depending on the mode. The program also gives you the total Read More

Walkable Neighborhoods Have Happier Residents

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Yeah, the info graphic below is for/from California, but the data points are universal. Walkability = happiness. And, because images aren't searchable, the three points: - Lose Weight! The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6 to 10 pounds less than someone who lives in a car-dependent neighborhood . - Save Money! Transportation is the second largest expense for American households, costing more than food, clothing, and health Read More

Walkability = Happiness – And why Does this Matter to Charlottesville Real Estate?

Science is cool. On the whole, the more walkable neighborhoods scored higher on every measure of social capital than the less walkable neighborhoods. The authors found that individuals in more walkable neighborhoods tended to have higher levels of trust and community involvement, whether that was working on a community project, attending a club meeting, volunteering, or simply entertaining friends at home. Residents in the more walkable neighborhoods also reported Read More