Full Composite Heat Map
20-Minute Neighborhood Maps
The full composite heat map sums the values for density of sidewalks, density of bike facilities, intersection density, distance to elementary schools, distance to bus stops, distance to parks, distance to full service grocery, distance to convenience stores and density of other commercial services, as well as the measures for residential population and employees.
The resulting map is intended to portray an index of walkability, where higher scores (illustrated in red and orange) are those places where many of the factors occur and are considered more walkable, and lower scores (shown in blue and green) have fewer of the factors and are considered generally less walkable.
- These maps do not describe all of the influences on walkability. The coverage of street trees, presence of street lights and availability of signaled crosswalks are just a few of the other factors that influence a person’s decision to walk. These and other elements are important to keep in mind as we discuss walkability across town and the ways to reduce auto dependence of a neighborhood. However, the elements used in this assessment are considered essential ingredients for making a trip without a car.
- Areas that have lower scores (shown in blue and green) do not all have the same deficiencies. That is, one area may have a lower score because it is lacking an elementary school and a grocery store, while another may have a lower score because it has no sidewalks and the intersection density is low. It is important to understand the unique characteristics of each area.
- The priorities and concerns of residents are essential. Some neighborhoods may not have a grocery store and may not want one located within their residential area. In other neighborhoods long block lengths may be a barrier to walking but neighbors may feel like a convenience store is a more important improvement. This input is essential to understanding the habits of residents and needs of each neighborhood and can only be gathered by further inquiry via surveys and by talking with residents.