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How Walkable is Calgary?

Posted by Kirby Cox on Thursday, January 24th, 2013 at 4:01pm.

A recently released study ranked Calgary dead last for walkability, in a list of Canada's biggest cities. The study, done by Walkscore, ranked Calgary 48 out of 100 on the list of Most Walkable Canadian Cities. The study ranks how accessible amenities are by foot from residential areas, as well as the distances between.

Calgary's low score is attributed to the fact that it's a car-heavy city with few amenities within walking distance, says the study. The City of Calgary has big plans to improve our city's walkability with proposed initiatives in place. Read more about those here in this Calgary Herald story.

At the end of 2012, the Calgary Herald completed Walkscore surveys on Calgary neighbourhoods, to see which were the most walkable. Here is the top 10:

1. Cliff Bungalow
2. Chinatown
3. Lower Mount Royal
4. Downtown
5. Hillhurst
6. Eau Claire
7. Beltline
8. Downtown West End
9. Crescent Heights
10. Sunalta

This is how Walkscore ranks walkability:

• 90–100 Walker’s Paradise — Daily errands do not require a car.
• 70–89 Very Walkable — Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
• 50–69 Somewhat Walkable — Some amenities within walking distance.
• 25–49 Car-Dependent — A few amenities within walking distance.
• 0–24 Car-Dependent — Almost all errands require a car.

 

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