Skip to Content
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Streetsblog Los Angeles home
Log In
Streetsblog.net

Click Here for More Livable Streets

9:29 AM PDT on October 8, 2009

A few exciting technology-related items have come over the transom in the past couple of days. 

First, courtesy of Streetsblog Network member Living Car-Free in Big D, news of Walkshed, a prototype web application to measure walkability. Building on the concept embodied by the popular Walk Score
app -- which allows users to see what amenities are close to any given
address -- Walkshed goes to the next level. Rather than measuring "as
the crow flies" distances, it factors in the presence of sidewalks,
highways and other variables when calculating the pedestrian
accessibility of things like grocery stores, movie theaters and other
services.

Picture_1.pngIt
also allows users to customize their preferred amenities. For some
people, being close to a day care facility is a priority. For others,
it's nightclubs. Walkshed lets you tailor the program's preferences.

The creation of Aaron Ogle (@atogle), Walkshed is so far only available only in a beta version for the city of Philadelphia, but the possibilities are exciting.

In another welcome web-based development, Google announced yesterday on its Lat Long Blog that the availability of new data means that bike directions are forthcoming (date unspecified) from Google Maps (h/t to TOPP's own @philipashlock).

And finally, SeeClickFix -- which enables citizens to report everything from potholes to unheated apartments to their local governments -- has just launched the capability for 25,000 more towns around the country to use the service. You can find out more about how SeeClickFix works here.

Keep clicking.

Stay in touch

Sign up for our free newsletter

More from Streetsblog Los Angeles

Friday Bikeways Update: Beach Bike Path Damage, 7th Street, and More

Updates on: beach bike path in Pacific Palisades, Michigan Greenway in Santa Monica, Parthenia Place in North Hills, 7th Street Streetscape in DTLA, and Imperial Highway near LAX

March 1, 2024

Measure HLA Fact Check: Sidewalk Costs

The city says $200 million worth of annual ADA work is "included in the cost" of Measure HLA, but the city is already on the hook for that ADA work anyway, so none of it should be included as HLA costs

March 1, 2024

Supervisor Hahn Calls for No Residential Demolitions in Metro’s 710 Freeway Corridor Project

"[For 710 Freeway expansion] Metro needs to commit itself to zero residential property takes. [Metro] should have as one its top priorities ensuring that our projects do not result in kicking people out of their homes."

February 29, 2024
See all posts