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Madison ranks as a “somewhat walkable city” on Walk Score’s walkability meter


Out and about on State Street | Photo by @theonlyvimal

50. That’s what Madison scored out of 100 on Walk Score’s walkability meter, making it a “somewhat walkablecity. Although in December, that usually drops to zero.

A walk score is a numeric ranking that represents the walkability of an address based on pedestrian-friendliness and access to businesses.


Walk Score’s scale of walkability | Screenshot via Walk Score

Points are given based on the distance between residential areas and businessesincluding restaurants, retail, and entertainment. Businesses within five minutes (or about a quarter-mile) are given maximum points, with fewer points given to amenities located further away. Anything within a 30+ minute walk is given 0 points.

Pedestrian-friendliness is calculated by analyzing features of an area’s roads, including the population density, intersection density, and the length of blocks in the area.

A city’s walkability score is found by calculating the average walkability of many residential addresses in a city.

Trading in the walking shoes for wheels? Madison ranks slightly higher for bicyclists with an overall score of 66.

For a city that constantly makes US News’ Top Fittest Cities in the US, we have to say, we’re a little shocked by the lower number.

When you look at Madison’s top five most walkable + bikeable neighborhoods, the scores go up significantly, meaning that the isthmus itself is very walkable, while surrounding towns might need a car for certain errands.

What are your thoughts on Madison’s walkability? How many times a week do you use your car?