Vancouver Canada's most walkable city 2013

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Vancouver Walkable City

Vancouver has been named Canada’s most walkable city by Seattlebased Walk Score in its first ranking of Most Walkable Canadian Cities and Neighbourhoods.

Vancouver, with a Walk Score of 78, topped Canada’s most walkable cities in the first ranking of Most Walkable Canadian Cities and Neighbourhoods. They rated the walkability of more than 300 Canadian cities and 1,200 neighbourhoods.

With a score of 78, this means Vancouver is the Pacific Northwest’s most walkable large city, outranking Seattle by four points.

Canada’s Top 10 Most Walkable Large Cities

  1. Vancouver (Walk Score = 78)
  2. Toronto (Walk Score = 71)
  3. Montreal (Walk Score = 70)
  4. Mississauga (Walk Score = 59)
  5. Ottawa (Walk Score = 54)
  6. Winnipeg (Walk Score = 53)
  7. Edmonton (Walk Score = 51)
  8. Hamilton (Walk Score = 51)
  9. Brampton (Walk Score = 48)
  10. Calgary (Walk Score = 48)

The complete list of ranked cities and their neighbourhoods is available at www.walkscore.com/rankings/canada. Canadians can also look up the Walk Score of their individual addresses at www.walkscore.com.

“Even in the cold of winter, a growing movement of people are looking for alternatives to long commutes and car dependence,” said Walk Score CEO Josh Herst. “Canada’s most walkable cities and  neighbourhoods make it easier for residents to leave their cars at home more often which is great for your wallet, health, environmental impact, and quality of life.” “Buyers are factoring in what’s nearby in their search for properties,” said Marc Lafrance, The Canadian  Real Estate Association’s Director of Product Management. “Adding Walk Score to Realtor.ca provides  home buyers with valuable insight into the location of a property and has been well received by our users. Walk Score’s new Canadian city and neighbourhood rankings are a great new resource for people deciding where to live.”

Why Walkability?
A recent Toronto Public Health study found overwhelming consumer preference for walkable neighbourhoods with a range of shops and services within walking distance, a short commute to work or school, and easy access to public transit. The study further found that people living in walkable neighbourhoods have lower body weights and that walkable neighbourhoods contribute to better air
quality and traffic reduction.

iWalk Score’s walkability ranking is the only international, quantitative ranking of walkability. Cities and neighbourhoods are ranked on a scale of 0-100, with locations receiving a score of 90-100 deemed a “Walkers’ Paradise.”

Walk Score’s Advisory Board includes urban planning, environmental and technical experts from  organizations such as Sightline Institute and The Brookings Institution. Detailed ranking methodology is available at www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml.

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