We’re excited to announce that Walk Score has received Part 2 of a grant from Active Living Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

We will be working with Dr. Lawrence Frank and Urban Design 4 Health to continue to align Walk Score with the latest research on urban design, walkability, and health. Specifically, we will enhance Walk Score to include more pedestrian friendliness metrics and to increase the correlation between Walk Score and on-the-ground walking behavior.

Why does this matter? One of our goals is to promote research on walkable neighborhoods by providing a cost-effective national walkability metric.  We hope that by increasing the accuracy of Walk Score, we can make our data more useful to researchers.

In Phase 1 of our grant, we developed Street Smart Walk Score and Walk Score was found by Urban Design 4 Health “to be strongly and significantly correlated with an already validated measure of walkability.”

Who uses Walk Score data? Walk Score data is used by leading researchers and city planning departments including CEOs for Cities and the Washington DC Office of Planning.

We’re the first to admit that Walk Score isn’t perfect—so we look forward to adding more “street smarts” to Walk Score with this grant!

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  1. Patrick McMahon

    Given that RWJF is funding the Safe Routes to School National Partnership, I’d love to see WalkScore team up with the Partnership to evaluate the walkability of schools by state, jurisdiction, and year of construction. Clearly for schools access to retail isn’t going to be as good of a proxy for walkability as it is for residential walkability, but it would be a way to look at the challenges students and parents face walking to schools. I no longer work for the Partnership, but could connect you with the appropriate folks.

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