How walkable is your neighborhood?
There are two notable national observances this week of which you should be aware: The first Wednesday in April is National Walking Day (created by the American Heart Association) and the first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day (created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services).
This is a real estate blog, but the topic is related to a larger trend, especially ina nationally-ranked healthy state like Hawaii. Walking is free, and is one of the easiest ways to boost your health and prevent physical and mental illness, which in turn creates a better neighborhood for everyone. Many of the recent master-planned communities are built to encourage healthy lifestyles; even urban developments are jumping on board, creating events to promote vehicle-free streets.
I’m jumping ahead of myself, but, while we’re on the topic of such events, mark your calendars for Cyclovia ~ Hele On Kakaako, happening on Sunday, May 12. The area from Mother Waldron Park to Gateway Park will be closed to motorized traffic as people learn about the benefits of a neighborhood limited to bicycle and foot traffic.
But I digress. How easy will it be for you to celebrate National Walking Day and Walk to Work Day this week, or in future years? To start, you can check Walkscore.com to see how walkable your neighborhood (or potential neighborhood) is. Here is a list of the most walkable areas, according to the website. The closer the score is to 100, the more walkable it is:
For more information or to search your specific address, go to Walkscore.com. Happy walking!