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Walk Score
Walk Score
is a private company that provides walkability services and apartment search tools through a website and mobile applications. Its flagship product is a large-scale, public access walkability index that assigns a numerical walkability score to any address in the United States, Canada, and Australia.[1] The company is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Contents

1 Company 2 Consumer products

2.1 Walk Score 2.2 Other features 2.3 Criticism

3 Professional products

3.1 Travel Time API 3.2 Public Transit API 3.3 Walk Score
Walk Score
API

4 See also 5 References 6 Further reading 7 External links

Company[edit] Walk Score
Walk Score
was founded in July 2007.[2] The company's mission is "to promote walkable neighborhoods" with the belief that such neighborhoods are "one of the simplest and best solutions for the environment, our health, and our economy."[3] In January 2012, the company announced that it had recently raised $2 million from investors.[4] On October 22, 2014 the company was bought by the residential real estate company Redfin.[5] Consumer products[edit] Walk Score[edit] The company's flagship product is the Walk Score, a walkability index and the namesake of the company. Walk Score
Walk Score
is a type of automated efficiency model focused on location efficiency. The company serves more than four million scores per day to over ten thousand participating websites.[1] A Walk Score
Walk Score
may be assigned to a particular address or an entire region, and the company maintains a ranking of the most walkable cities in the United States.[6] Josh Herst, CEO of Walk Score, has stated that he wants Walk Score
Walk Score
to be a part of every real-estate listing in the future. He envisions the Walk Score
Walk Score
of a home to be as important as how many bedrooms or bathrooms the property has.[4] According to the site's creators, "The Walk Score
Walk Score
algorithm awards points based on the distance to the closest amenity in each category. If the closest amenity in a category is within .25 miles (or .4 km), we assign the maximum number of points. The number of points declines as the distance approaches 1 mile (or 1.6 km)—no points are awarded for amenities farther than 1 mile. Each category is weighted equally and the points are summed and normalized to yield a score from 0–100. The number of nearby amenities is the leading predictor of whether people walk."[7] Relevant amenities include "businesses, parks, theaters, schools and other common destinations."[8] Other features[edit] Similar to the Walk Score, the company also assigns a Bike Score and Transit Score to points on the map. Walk Score
Walk Score
can generate a commute report that shows the time required to travel between two points, providing a visual representation of the changes in elevation during the trip. Commuting options include walking, bicycling, driving, or taking public transport. In 2011, Walk Score
Walk Score
unveiled an apartment search tool that locates available housing based on commute time to a given location. The tool calculates commute times for various modes of transport including walking, cycling, driving, and public transit.[9] Walk Score
Walk Score
has developed a variety of tools for real estate professionals, such as neighborhood maps and APIs. Multiple independent studies have demonstrated that above-average walkability correlates to increased housing values: in the metropolitan areas studied, higher Walk Score
Walk Score
typically added US$4,000–$34,000 per home.[10] The company also provides data to leading research institutions, academics, and city planners including:

Walk Score
Walk Score
and Transit Score for all U.S. and some international addresses Road metrics such as intersection density and block length Heat maps for potentially walkable locations

This data is available for download (including spreadsheet and GIS shapefile formats) or accessible through an API.[11] Criticism[edit] Walk Score
Walk Score
has received some criticism in the media, particularly from urban planning professionals, for the limits of its accuracy and relevancy in methodology and results.[12][13] Specifically, Walk Score doesn't calculate whether there are sidewalks, how many lanes of traffic one must cross, how much crime occurs in the area, or what the weather is typically like. It also doesn't differentiate between types of amenities, for example a supermarket grocery store versus a small food mart selling mostly chips and liquor. Walk Score
Walk Score
does not accurately score areas adjacent to international borders. The algorithm prioritizes locations across the border which leads to low and inaccurate scores.[14] Professional products[edit] Travel Time API[edit] Walk Score's Travel Time API provides a programming interface to get travel times between an origin and a set of destinations.[15] Travel Time API can sort multiple destinations based on walking time, taking a public transit, driving time, or biking. Suggested applications are ranking points of interest nearest to multiple destinations, such as hotels near multiple meetings or attractions;[16] ranking multiple destinations nearest to a specific location, such as sorting of local deals;[15] and for maps and visualizations.[17] Public Transit API[edit] An API access to Transit Score and nearby public transit stops and routes.[18] Walk Score
Walk Score
API[edit] An API access to the Walk Score
Walk Score
walkability index.[19] See also[edit]

Walkability Bicycle-friendly New Urbanism Permeability (spatial and transport planning)

References[edit]

^ a b " Walk Score
Walk Score
CrunchBase Profile". Crunchbase.com. 2012-01-13. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ Josh Herst (2014-10-22). "A Look Back and A Look Ahead". Walkscore.com. Retrieved 2015-12-23.  ^ "About Walk Score". Walkscore.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ a b "Seattle-based Walk Score
Walk Score
gets $2 million from investors". The Seattle
Seattle
Times. January 20, 2012. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  ^ https://www.redfin.com/blog/2014/10/redfin-buys-walk-score.html ^ "Most Walkable Cities in the United States, Canada, and Australia
Australia
on Walk Score". Walkscore.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Drive Less. Live More". Walk Score. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Web Site Takes a Pedestrian View". The Washington Post. August 7, 2007. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  ^ " Walk Score
Walk Score
Takes Wraps Off Slick New Apartment-Locating Tool". TechCrunch. September 26, 2011. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  ^ "Walking the Walk". CEOs for Cities. August 2009. Retrieved December 21, 2012.  ^ " Walk Score
Walk Score
Data Services - Walkability, Real Estate, and Public Health Data". Walkscore.com. 2012-05-25. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "'Walk Score' Is Great, But it Still Doesn't Capture 'Walk Appeal' - Sarah Goodyear". The Atlantic Cities. 2011-09-20. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ Vanderbilt, Tom (2012-04-12). "Walking in America: How Walk Score puts a number on walkability". Slate.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Detroit's WalkScore is broken. Bikescore too?". m-bike.org. 2012-05-15. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ a b "Travel Time API - Calculate drive time with traffic, transit, bike and walk times". Walkscore.com. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Hotel Finder - Travel Time API Demo". Walk Score. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Travel Time JavaScript API Documentation". Walk Score. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ "Public Transit API from Walk Score
Walk Score
- Public Transportation API for web and mobile developers". Walk Score. Retrieved 2013-10-13.  ^ " Walk Score
Walk Score
API for web and mobile developers". Walkscore.com. 2009-12-25. Retrieved 2013-10-13. 

Further reading[edit]

Stephanie Y. Rauterkus, Grant I. Thrall, and Eric Hangen, 2010. "Location Efficiency and Mortgage Default" Journal of Sustainable Real Estate (JOSRE), Volume 2, No. 1. Brewster, Mark, David Hurtado, Sara Olson, and Jessica Yen. 2009. "Walkscore.com: A New Methodology to Explore Associations between Neighborhood Resources, Race and Health." Department of Society, Human Development, and Health, Harvard School of Public Health. Carr, Lucas J., Shira I. Dunsiger, and Bess H. Marcus. 2010. "Validation of Walk Score
Walk Score
for estimating access to walkable amenities". British Journal of Sports Medicine.

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