So now I must walk and bike and transit for at least a little while. Which reminds me to discuss the wonders of walkability.
|San Francisco Walkability Map|
While I have blathered on before about our wonderful park and wildland hiking options here, walking or cycling with a practical destination is also so satisfying. Golden Gate Trailblazer Where to Hike Walk Bike in San Francisco Marin is a wonderful resource.
More and more people are realizing how much walkability adds to the quality of life. Hence the creation of the walk score. The good news is, San Francisco is 2nd only to New York in walkability (of the largest 50 American cities). Many Marin neighborhoods are walkable as well.
The benefits of walkability are legion. Enhancing walkability and cycleability is such a large part of creating great public spaces. Seniors can maintain their independence, kids can channel some of that energy, and we can interact with our place and community and enjoy the beauty around us without fearing an accident. Happiness (and therefore real estate value) increases where there is greenery, and walkability.