San Francisco is famous for its steep hills, in fact they are part of what makes the city so distinctive and unique. There are over 50 hills within the city and while they provide some great views once you’re at the top, they can also be a real pain to walk up!
But walkability isn’t just about hilliness or proximity to shops, its a combination of many different factors. Now Walkonomics.com has created walkability maps of San Francisco that compare the Hilliness of streets to several other factors including:
- Quality of sidewalks;
- How smart and beautiful is each street;
- Fear of crime;
- How easy it is to cross the street.
Using this data, each of the 14,000 streets in San Francisco are given a rating out of 5 stars for each walkability factor. This is mapped on a Google map and local residents can add their own ratings and suggestions of how each street could be made more pedestrian-friendly. The Walkonomics map shows that while hilliness is quite severe in San Francisco, the city has many other aspects that make its streets more walkable. Filbert Street, may be tiring to climb, but have plenty of trees and are relatively safe from crime, thus averaging out the overall walkability rating. http2007 (adapted).
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