Walking The Talk

By Londonist Last edited 126 months ago
Walking The Talk
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If you’re looking for a new place to live, and want to live more greenly at the same time, Londonist has discovered the perfect tool to help you: Walk Score. A cunning twist on Google Maps, give it a postcode and it’ll calculate how many useful things, such as shops, restaurants, cinemas, schools and parks, are within a mile of your house. Meaning you can use your car less, get fitter, save money and make your ‘hood more sociable all at the same time. Other perks are the possibility of discovering a few things in an area that you’d previously missed, and using it competitively to see who’s the most eco-friendly out of you and your mates.

Londonist, living in Whitechapel, got a score of 80% (‘very walkable’), a fraction behind the Queen, who gets 82% when staying in her Buckingham Palace pad (see pic). Living behind Selfridges on Oxford Street achieves ‘walker’s paradise’ status of 95%.

Housing by the Millennium Dome scores 85% too, even if it is a way out of town. Hendon does okay with 65%, but Lordship Lane in Dulwich, with a score of 58%, still requires a car for many everyday trips.

One tiny drawback is that although it works for UK addresses, it automatically assumes you live in the US, so have the postcode to hand rather than the street name. But this minor point aside, it’s a great little piece of enlightenment.

By Cate Trotter

Last Updated 07 August 2007

siany

housing by the millennium dome is not a million miles away...less than 20 minutes into Central London!

Dave Knapik

Cheers for letting us know about this great little site!

Unfortunately it seems to think Somerfield is a real grocery store. But on the bright side it pointed out a sex shop on Kentish Town Road, so all hope is not lost for it.

lockedintheattic

Hmm, it tells me where I live has a walkability score of 62 which is rubbish, as one of the things I like about the area is that most things are in walking distance. Not the site's fault though - it appears more to be that lots of businesses in the area aren't listed on google maps and so it can't find them.

guest

I need to speak up for Lordship lane (or at least deg kennel hill which is a contiuation, and where I live) The score seems pretty innaccurate, not spotting a lot of things. It said that my nearest park is over a mile away but we're about 5mins from ruskin park which is very nice and a pretty big park). It also completely fails to notice a massive saisbury's about 5 mins walk from my house where you can get pretty much anything you need (admittedly there is something slightly wrong if your local shop is a full size supermarket, but it is actually my nearest shop). My guess is that outside the centre of london a lot of things are listed on google maps and therefore don't come up)