So, do you need a car or not? Here’s a website that will crunch the numbers for you and give you a “walkability” score based on where you live. (found the site thanks to Kristen’s Raw). I walk or bike just about everywhere. In the last year, I’ve put less than 2000 miles on my car. When I do drive, it’s to go out of town (visiting my parents is a 150 mile round trip, and it’s 100 miles to go see my siblings, and I have several friends who live in other towns around the state). But the majority of the time, I don’t have to leave our town. I bike to the gym and the bank, and walk to the library, grocery stores, and post office. I work at home and at the library, so there’s no car involved for work either. But the walk score website only gave our neighborhood a 38 out of 100! According to them, we’re “car dependent.” Wow. I don’t ever feel like I’m going out of my way to walk or bike around town. It’s less than a mile to most of the places I go – the bank and the gym are the farthest, at 4 miles. So my longest roung-trip bike ride is 8 miles. I can’t imagine how easy getting around would be if I lived somewhere with a score of 70 or 80! Check it out and see what score you get – you might be surprised.
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