Find out how walkable your neighbourhood is by visiting Walk Score, a site that calculates the walkability of neighbourhoods based on the proximity of amenities to your address. Out of curiosity I compared 3 places: my current home in Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, my previous home in Trinity Bellwoods/Little Italy, Toronto, and my parent’s neighbourhood in Welland, ON.
Mount Pleasant came in at 82%, which is “very walkable”. Trinity Bellwoods/Little Italy scored 92%, labeling it a “walker’s paradise”, even without transit data. Coming in at a low 30%, my parent’s neighbourhood is “car-dependent”. It came as no surprise that Welland scored so low, as will be illustrated when I share a map and story of going to visit my grandmother over the holidays without using a car.