Daily Camera (Boulder)

Make your move: Walk, bike and tran­sit scores for homes

- BY DUANE DUG­GAN Bicycles · Transportation · Urbanism · Outdoor Hobbies · Hobbies · Industries · Colorado

Over the past few months with the im­pact of COVID-19, home­buy­ers have been trend­ing away from liv­ing in down­town ar­eas and have been re­lo­cat­ing to the sub­urbs. In the past, down­town ar­eas have been at­trac­tive be­cause peo­ple could get by with­out a car and could utilize pub­lic trans­porta­tion or sim­ply walk or bike to work, stores, parks, schools, restau­rants, trails and more. De­spite the shift to re­mote work­ing and school, if you’re search­ing for home, you’re still in­ter­ested in learn­ing about the neigh­bor­hood and how long it takes to walk, bike or bus to nearby ameni­ties – whether you want to be close to them or far­ther away from them.

Us­ing a patented sys­tem, Walk Score® mea­sures the walk­a­bil­ity of any ad­dress. It is based on a point sys­tem where ameni­ties within a five-minute walk are given max­i­mum points. Us­ing a de­clin­ing sys­tem, points are given for ameni­ties for up to a 30-minute walk, with no points awarded af­ter 30 min­utes. They also use an al­go­rithm to an­a­lyze pedes­trian friend­li­ness by re­view­ing pop­u­la­tion den­sity and road met­rics like block length and in­ter­sec­tion den­sity.

The Walk Score® Point sys­tem is based on the scale be­low:

In IRES, our lo­cal Mul­ti­ple

List­ing Ser­vice (MLS) or data­base of prop­er­ties, which cov­ers most of north­ern Colorado, you can search for prop­er­ties based on their Walk

Score® cat­e­gories shown above. Home­buy­ers who do not want to own a car can search for a high walk score, whereas those who want to live in more se­cluded, less pop­u­lated, or ru­ral ar­eas can search for a low walk score. The search field looks like this:

Cur­rently in IRES, you can search for search for Walk Score® and Bike Score®.

Bike Score® mea­sures how op­ti­mal an area is for trav­el­ing by bike. The Bike Score® is cal­cu­lated for a given lo­ca­tion us­ing an al­go­rithm which takes into ac­count bike in­fra­struc­ture, hills, trails, road con­nec­tiv­ity, and the num­ber of bike com­muters. The Bike Score point sys­tem is be­low.

Tran­sit Score® is a patented mea­sure of how well a lo­ca­tion is served by pub­lic tran­sit. Tran­sit Score is based on data re­leased in a stan­dard for­mat by pub­lic tran­sit agen­cies.

To cal­cu­late a Tran­sit Score®, a «use­ful­ness» value is as­signed to nearby tran­sit routes based on the fre­quency, type of route (rail, bus, etc.) and dis­tance to the near­est stop on the route. The point sys­tem for Tran­sit Score is be­low.

Go to walkscore.com and type in your ad­dress where you live or a home you are think­ing about buy­ing. If you are look­ing for a home, you can ask your Real­tor® to utilize the Walk Score® search fea­ture on the IRES Mul­ti­ple List­ing Ser­vice.

Duane Dug­gan has been a Real­tor for RE/MAX of Boul­der in Colorado since 1982. Liv­ing the life of a Real­tor and be­ing im­mersed in real es­tate led to the in­cep­tion of his book, Real­tor for Life. For ques­tions, e-mail du­ane­dug­gan@boul­derco.com, call 303.441.5611 or visit boul­derco.com.

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Photo: Emma Bauso, Pex­els). Over the past few months with the im­pact of COVID-19, home­buy­ers have been trend­ing away from liv­ing in down­town ar­eas and have been re­lo­cat­ing to the sub­urbs. (
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