Walkable Neighborhoods

Picture a walkable neighborhood. You lose weight each time you walk to the grocery store. You stumble home from last call without waiting for a cab. You spend less money on your car - or you don’t own a car. When you shop, you support your local economy. You talk to your neighbors. </p><p> </p><p>What makes a neighborhood walkable? </p><p> A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a discernible center, whether it’s a shopping district, a main street, or a public space. </p><p> </p><p></p><p>Density: The neighborhood is compact enough for local businesses to flourish and for public transportation to run frequently.</p><p> </p><p></p><p>Mixed income, mixed use: Housing is provided for everyone who works in the neighborhood: young and old, singles and families, rich and poor. Businesses and residences are located near each other. </p><p> </p><p></p><p>Parks and public space: There are plenty of public places to gather and play. </p><p> </p><p></p><p>Pedestrian-centric design: Buildings are placed close to the street to cater to foot traffic, with parking lots relegated to the back. </p><p> </p><p> Nearby schools and workplaces: Schools and workplaces are close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p>Streets Designed for Everyone</p><p> Complete Streets are roads designed for everyone who uses them, including bicyclists, pedestrians of all ages and abilities, and people getting on and off transit vehicles. These streets are: </p><p>Accessible: There are wheelchair ramps, plenty of benches with shade, sidewalks on all streets, etc. </p><p>Well-connected: Streets form a connected grid that improves traffic by providing many routes to any destination. </p><p>Built for the right speed: Lanes are narrow or traffic calming is in place to control speed. </p><p>Comfortable: Pedestrian medians at intersections, count-down crosswalk timers, bicycle lanes, protected bus shelters, etc. make the street work better for those outside of a car.</p><p> Left image: One-Mile Walk in a Compact Neighborhood Right image: One-Mile Walk in a Sprawling Suburb</p><p>

Walk Score Scorecard

Walker’s Paradise (dark green): 100 - 90

Very Walkable (light green): 89 - 70

Somewhat Walkable (yellow): 69 - 50

Car-Dependent (red): 49 - 0

Statistical Data:

4% of Jacksonville residents have a Walk Score of 70 or above.

Jacksonville’s most walkable neighborhoods are Downtown Jacksonville, San Marco, Riverside. Jacksonville’s least walkable neighborhoods are Eagle Bend, Otis, Black Hammock Island.

20% have a Walk Score of at least 50.

80% of Jacksonville residents live in Car-Dependent neighborhoods.

Jacksonville’s 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods on the Next Page

Jacksonville’s 10 Most Walkable Neighborhoods

1. 78 Downtown Jacksonville

Downtown Northbank Photo Tour

  1. 76 San Marco

San Marco Photo Tour

  1. 73 Riverside

Riverside Photo Tour

  1. 68 Normandy

Normandy Mall Photo Tour

  1. 66 Fairfax

Fairfax Photo Tour

  1. 65 Springfield

Springfield Photo Tour

  1. 63 Southside

Downtown Southbank Photo Tour

  1. 62 Murray Hill

Murray Hill Photo Tour

  1. 61 Regency

  2. 61 Hogan’s Creek</b>

Hogans Creek Photo Tour

Find out how your neighborhood ranks: http://www.walkscore.com/FL/Jacksonville

Source: http://www.walkscore.com/FL/Jacksonville

Article by Ennis Davis.