Sydney ranked most walkable Australian city
With petrol prices rising and daily occurrences of traffic congestion in Sydney, no wonder more and more people are choosing to live in a more ‘walkable’ suburb that provides shops, restaurants and services all within easy walking distance of their front door.
Today the desirability of being able to get to places easily by foot is a major draw when looking for a new home and in the last decade, suburbs that are more walkable have become increasingly popular. People don’t want to get in their car or on a bus every time they need to go somewhere. They prefer the convenience of having things close by.
According to the US website Walk Score, Sydney is Australia’s most walkable city and is ranked 63 out of 100, which means this region is ‘Somewhat Walkable’ and some errands can be achieved on foot.
Looking at the rest of Australia, the top 5 largest Australian cities include:
1. Sydney (Walk Score: 63)
2. Melbourne (Walk Score: 57)
3. Adelaide (Walk Score: 54)
4. Brisbane (Walk Score: 51)
5. Perth (Walk Score: 50)
To be considered a Walker’s Paradise, a Walk Score needs to be between 90 – 100 and is ranked on a scale from 0 - 100. Sydney alone has 29 suburbs that are considered a Walker’s Paradise and include Haymarket (99), Surry Hills (97), Millers Point (96), Newtown (95), Woolloomooloo (93), Balmain (93), Glebe (92) and Alexandria (90). Melbourne has 12 suburbs that score 90 and above.
Not only is walking beneficial for your health and reduces your carbon footprint, it is a great way to save money and explore your surrounding neighbourhood.
Published on 20th of October 2014 by Marty Stanowich