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Mapping a Better Walking Route


We've discussed the pedestrian resource Walk Score before, but there's a new company taking a different angle on rating the www.rickgenest.com walkability of communities. While Walk Score rates addresses, Walkonomics rates streets. The UK-based company has only covered locations in England as well as US cities New York and best way to tramadol 180 buy cialis San Francisco so far, but Walkonomics has the ambitious goal to best price generic cialis rate every street in the world, according to http://www.worcestercountybar.org/levitra-online-canada-no-prescription criteria that go way beyond distance traveled. Using publically available data and user ratings to fill in the gaps, Walkonomics attempts to account for everything from hilliness and crime statistics to how much fun or relaxing it is to walk in any given area. Eight criteria are rated individually and tallied into a street's total score, so if some factors are more important than others to users, the score's breakdown is readily available.

Adam Davies, the company's founder, envisions Walkonomics will eventually offer customized directions based on online ordering levitra each user's needs. Unfortunately, as Pando Daily reports, the company has a long way to go before this is possible. If they continue to rely heavily on publicly available data, opening in places like my small Connecticut city seems to be far off. However, if the company can continue to expand and gain more resources, they'd serve as another widely-available source that helps pedestrians, encourages walking, and emphasizes the importance of viagra online us designing more pedestrian-friendly communities.

That last one's a stretch, to be sure--of course no app alone can engender or even promote changes in urban design. However, the more pedestrians literally take to the (safe to walk) streets, perhaps the more communities will increase their walkability and make structural changes to accommodate. Any technology that can empower pedestrians seems (pardon the cheap viagra alternative obvious pun) a step in the right direction.

If you happen to live in New York City, San Francisco, England, or plan on walking through these places anytime soon and have a smartphone, you may find some use in their iPhone or Android app. According to their website, they've rated over 600,000 streets in these locations.

image: screen capture via Walkonomics website

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A wonderful idea
written by Luke P, March 07, 2013
Having lived in suburban America for most of my life, I have to admit that I drive much more than I need to. I am not alone in this. Suburbia was designed with the car in mind, not the pedestrian, so anything that could encourage future developers to be mindful of pedestrians is tramadol for cats worth doing in my book. I wonder if Google could be more successful doing something like this, since they have more resources, i.e. StreetView.
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written by Solar Lights, March 08, 2013
Kudos to Walconomics, this is an fantastic idea. Hopefully they find great partners to speed up the process.smilies/smiley.gif
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Great Work
written by Fossil Fuels, March 19, 2013
Wow. No doubt, a great work by Walconomics. This technology is much needed in those countries where crime rate is record high. I hope they will soon get some buyers for this project.
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written by Susan, March 21, 2013
Does any one else find this hilariously asinine? What has happened to people's innate curiosity and cheap tramadol with free shipping the need to best canadian pharmacy explore things the old fashioned way by actually walking somewhere new, taking in the smells, sights and atmosphere - things that cannot be conveyed by an app.
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Cool App, but agree with Susan!
written by Robert Nelson, April 23, 2013
I love technology's ability to make life absurdly easy, but I have to agree with previous post about exploration, especially in cities. Since the growth of modern cities from the buying levitra online usa late-eighteenth century forward, that has been their draw...getting lost and finding yourself in a crowd. Getting lost is a great vacation activity, too!
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Urban Exploration
written by Kevin, April 24, 2013
I enjoy exploring cities as much as anyone but there are also places that are not always best explored by all people so the crime stats are a valuable tool. People might prefer to spend at least part of their time in, say, the less hilly parts of San Francisco. Rather than a replacement for urban exploration this app can also be an important tool for helping.
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written by M. Camp, February 10, 2014
This is a great information, serving people through their walk route... Really the use of technology now a days is a big help to every individual... Thumbs up for the people sharing their ideas and knowledge...

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