Now You Can Find the Happiest Walking Route to Anywhere in Washington DC

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Android, apps, iPhone, mapping, Open Data, OpenStreetMap, Uncategorized, walkability, Washington DC, wayfinding

Walkonomics in Washington DC
Our beautiful routing app is now available in Washington DC!

2016 is all about the race to the White House, but at Walkonomics we say, what is the rush?  Take a few extra minutes and instead find the most tree-filled route to the White House or any other location in Washington DC with our new app.

The Digital Life of Walkable Streets

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Architecture, Flickr, FourSquare, London, mapping, Mobile, Open Data, Photography, Research, Smartphones, Social Media, streets, walkability, Yahoo Labs

Unsplash_JayWennington_640px It may be hard to believe, but each day we post over 1.8 billion photos to the internet, thats over 20,000 a second! While many of these are likely to be selfies, there must be many millions of photos of everyday streets and urban places.  Each of these photographs holds valuable data about the qualities of each street, but because this data is in a visual format it can be hard to analyse and make sense of the huge number of images that are being posted to social media every day.

However, in a recent collaboration between Walkonomics and researchers from Yahoo Labs (Daniele QuerciaLuca Maria Aiello and Rossano Schifanella) we have been able to begin to understand what millions of urban street photos can tell us about walkability.

WalkHood: Which parts of your neighbourhood can you walk to in 5 minutes?

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Android, apps, Barriers to walking, iPhone, mapping, Mobile, OpenStreetMap, walkability, WalkHood, Walksheds

Walkonomics_iPhone5_WalkHood_640px We’re very happy to say that the Walkonomics app for iPhone and Android is getting an upgrade and makeover today!  We have just launched version 2 of our free mobile app and not only does the app look and perform better, we’ve added some great new features.  The most exciting of which are its new WalkHood maps.

How Walkable are the Streets of Toronto?

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in apps, Buying a new home, Canada, community participation, mapping, Open Data, Toronto, walkability, walking

Hello Toronto!  Our street walkability data is now live for the entire city.  Walkonomics is very happy to announce that we have launched in Toronto, Canada. Walkonomics has brought it’s unique way of measuring walkability at street-level to the wonderful city of Toronto.  

New Walkability app for iPhone and iPad

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Android, apps, Buying a new home, Crowdsourcing, iPad, iPhone, mapping, Open Data, Property search, Uncategorized, urban walkability, walkability

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Walkonomics app for iPhone and iPad.  The free Walkonomics mobile app maps and rates the pedestrian-friendliness of every street in San Francisco, New York and England (over 600,000 streets!). 

New Walkability App for Android

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in Android, apps, community participation, Crowdsourcing, iPhone, mapping, mashup, Open Data, pedestrians, Smartphones, streets, Uncategorized, urban walkability, walkability, walking, wayfinding

When it comes to walking in the city, a smartphone is now almost as important as a good pair of shoes.  Our phones provide us with pedestrian sat-nav, reviews of the best places to visit and even measure how many calories we’re burning, while we walk.  In fact recent research suggests that our phones are encouraging us to walk further in the city and explore more places.

Now a new mobile app from Walkonomics provides an essential tool for the walkable lifestyle.  The Walkonomics app enables people to check the walkability of the street they’re standing in, as well as discover new walkable streets in other areas and add their own reviews.  The free app, which is available for Android devices, uses over 600,000 street ratings from Walkonomics.com, covering every street in San Francisco, New York and England.  

Does the Hilliness of San Francisco affect it’s Walkability?

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in apps, California, crime, Crowdsourcing, footways, Hilliness, mapping, mashup, Open Data, pedestrians, San Francisco, sidewalks, Steep Hills, urban walkability, walkability, wayfinding, web tools

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!

Which types of people choose a walkable lifestyle?

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in behaviour change, demographics, London, mapping, Physical Activity, policies, TfL, urban walkability, walkability, walking

There’s been plenty of research into how walkable streets and neighbourhoods get more people walking. However what we’re less sure about is: Who are the people that choose to walk more?

In an attempt to answer this question, Transport for London have released new research with some interesting findings.  By combining a large travel survey with Londoners demographic data, the study attempted to identify which types of people walk more as part of their everyday lifestyle.

Rating walkability by combining Open Data and Crowdsourcing

Written by Adam Davies on . Posted in apps, Crowdsourcing, London, mapping, New York, Open Data, streets, urban walkability, walkability, web tools

It’s generally agreed that walkable streets, neighbourhoods and cities are a good thing.  Walkable areas produce a whole range of benefits that include:

  • less obesity and healthier residents;

  • boosting property values and the economy;

  • fewer traffic accidents;

  • reduced CO2 emissions;

  • and maybe even more people walking!

But perhaps a harder question is: How do we know if a street or area is walkable?

Is it just about how many different destinations are within walking distance of any particular spot?  While that’s a really important factor, its obviously not the only one.

Take a tour

Take a tour of a walkable street