Walkability

Walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking to common destinations such as retail, community services including health care centers, recreation areas and parks. Walkability may also be influenced by factors such as the availability of quality footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights-of-way, conditions of local roads and traffic, and land use patterns. Walkability has been shown to have a multitude of health, environmental, and economic benefits. Walkable neighborhoods promote more physical activity through walking and biking, and often have reduced pollution from greenhouse gas emissions generated by vehicles. Communities designed to be walkable have been shown to encourage fit and healthy lifestyles, fight obesity and promote sustainability. Walkability is used as a proxy to evaluate access to local amenities and retail. Walkability is under both Transportation Services and Neighborhood Characteristics, but it also influences economic health, employment, education, health systems and public safety, and housing. While some local entities have created their own walkability scores, there are also proprietary measures, such as Maponics Walkability and Street Smart Walk Score, local communities can purchase for data.

Neighborhoodsort descending Indicator Value Rank
Blackstone 68 22
Charles 70 18
College Hill 90 3
Downtown 94 1
Elmhurst 66 23
Elmwood 82 8
Federal Hill 91 2
Fox Point 89 4
Hartford 71 17
Hope 75 13
Lower South Providence 79 11
Manton 47 25
Mount Hope 75 13
Mount Pleasant 70 18
Olneyville 78 12
Reservoir 70 18
Silver Lake 72 16
Smith Hill 86 5
South Elmwood 56 24
Upper South Providence 80 9
Valley 85 6
Wanskuck 75 13
Washington Park 69 21
Wayland 84 7
West End 80 9

Key Citations:
1. Ewing R, Cervero R. Travel and the built environment: a meta-analysis. Journal of the American Planning Association. 2010; 76:3(2010):265-294.
2. Mota J et al. Perceived neighborhood environments and physical activity in adolescents. Preventive Medicine. 2005; 41:834-836.