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
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
Find out how your neighborhood ranks: http://www.walkscore.com/FL/Jacksonville
Article by Ennis Davis.