Toronto, Canada. Walkonomics has brought it’s unique way of measuring walkability at street-level to the wonderful city of Toronto. While other walkability apps only measure how many destinations are within walking distance of a particular location, Walkonomics maps and rates each and every street for eight key walkability factors:
- Road safety;
- Easy to cross;
- Fear of crime;
- Smart & beautiful;
- Fun & relaxing.
- Traffic levels;
- Pedestrian accident locations;
- Crime statistics;
- Number of trees on each street;
- Slope of streets and;
- Locations of pedestrian crossings.
Walkable streets and neighbourhoods bring many benefits to cities and urban areas including reducing obesity: a recent study found that teenagers who live in walkable areas are less likely to be obese. Walkable streets also help to boost the economy, increasing retail sales by up to 80% and adding up to $45,000 to the value of a home. With the new Walkonomics app and data, residents and visitors to Toronto can find and rate the cities most walkable streets. Images courtesy of Walkonomics and Doc Searls.
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