Walk Score Ambles into 2,500 New Cities

The Walk Score website expands its excellent walkability rankings to cover 2,500 new cities. See how pedestrian-friendly your neighborhood is.

Walking. It's a way of getting around that doesn't pollute, improves your health, saves you money, and, unlike driving, might even result in nice, spontaneous interactions with your neighbors.

In 2007, to promote walkable neighborhoods, Matt Lerner and Mike Mathieu, two former Microsoft employees, came up with Walk Score. Using a novel 100-point scale, the Walk Score website gives neighborhoods a walkability rating based on the nearby availability of grocery stores, restaurants, schools, and other important everyday needs. It allows renters, realtors, community activists, and curious citizens to compare how pedestrian-friendly a neighborhood is.

Walk Score was initially available in 40 U.S. cities, but today it announced a huge new expansion. After getting requests from people in cities like Minneapolis and Pittsburgh who wanted to look up the walkability in neighborhoods in their cities, Walk Score has expanded to cover the 2,500 largest cities.

Head over to Walk Score, enter your address, and see how your neighborhood ranks. You may discover that you can walk to dinner next time. Or you may discover a new reason to move.