Tag Archives: walk to stuff in Charlottesville
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 travel time and distance for each mode.
For example: there's a house on the market on Park Street; it's Walk Score is 68. To get from my office to that house, I'd say that bicycling is a better choice than driving. (click to see full size) Simple. Colorful. Brilliant.
This is a fantastic research tool for homebuyers, sellers and folks moving to the Charlottesville area … keep in mind that the directions are likely mostly right as are the business listings … things change, and the best way to know if a route if truly walkable or bikeable is to walk or bike the routes you'd be doing.
(it'd be supercool if I could embed this map. :) )
Yeah, the info graphic below is for/from California, but the data points are universal.
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 care.
- Connect! Studies show that for every 10 minutes a person spends in a daily car commute, time spent in community activities falls by 10%