Mapping data company Maponics LLC is now offering a tool that rates the walkability of neighborhoods, school attendance boundary zones, subdivisions, and other geographical areas. The new feature adds to the Vermont-based company’s Maponics Context suite of data around the geographic units it defines using “intelligent polygons.”
“Walkability gives a geospatial meaning to the concept of ‘street smarts.’ We have over 150,000 neighborhoods that we generate the walkability rating for,” said Maponics founder and CEO Darren Clement.
Maponics researchers derive walkability ratings based on a five-point scale using a complex algorithm the company developed. This algorithm takes into account such information as the concentration of homes in an area, number of local amenities, and the numbers and types of streets and intersections.
Source: “Maponics Now Providing ‘Walkability’ Ratings,” Inman News (July 12, 2013)