Recently I became aware of a website called walkscore.com that gives neighborhoods in Columbus, and elsewhere, a “walk score,” a “transit score,” and a “bike score.” The website appears to be used by people who are considering making a move to a new apartment and are interested in finding out how their potential new neighborhood rates in those three categories. You can check out your neighborhood’s scores here.
German Village gets an 87 (out of 100) walk score, a 60 transit score, and a 65 bike score. Those ratings make German Village the second most walkable neighborhood in Columbus, close behind the Short North. The 87 walk score means that most errands can be accomplished on foot and GV is only a few points short of a “walker’s paradise.”
Speaking as a confirmed walker, it’s hard for me to imagine that you could find a more walkable neighborhood than German Village. I not only walk to the office every work day, but I also walk to the grocery store (as I did this morning), walk to the wine shop, coffee shop, barber shop, and deli, and walk to a bunch of nearby restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. I’m not sure what kind of errand could not be achieved on foot from a German Village location — and I also think GV is more convenient to the core downtown area than the Short North is. The quaint brick roadways, sidewalks, and houses in German Village make hoofing it around our neighborhood a visual treat, too.
The point of this post is not to quibble about German Village’s scores, but rather to note that it’s gratifying to see that people are rating neighborhoods by their “walkability.” We’d all be better off, from a health, fitness, environmental, infrastructure, and financial standpoint, if more people started to focus on walking when deciding where to live.