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Old 04-09-2015, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Pasadena, CA
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LA's score (64) is pretty good all things considered. I don't think any metro besides NYC can match that over 3.8 million people.

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Old 04-09-2015, 03:17 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I think it would also be cool if Walk Score accounted for car ownership. That could be scaled against income in order to differentiate between a place like Detroit where car ownership is lower because of a higher poverty rate and a place like the Upper East Side. Not a perfect formula since many poor neighborhoods are indeed very walkable (i.e., Harlem), but one of the best ways to know whether you need a car or not is to see how many residents own them. Perhaps transit share should be a factor as well.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:18 PM
 
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On second thought, Sacramento is the 35th largest city so not sure why it is excluded.
Hahah because Sac is perennially ignored. It's ok though, we kinda like being off the radar 68 is great, puts it up there with the big boys: MSPL, Portland, SF, Denver. Although I will say this: there are still major gaps existing for bike commuters throughout the metro and I would imagine folks from the other top cities also feel this way about some of their routes. Luckily bicycling is accelerating in America so we're on a positive trajectory.
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Old 04-09-2015, 03:27 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Doesn't make sense that they included Miami but didn't include Minneapolis. What on earth was their cutoff? The 45 biggest cities (proper) in the US? I guess? Miami only has 17k more people than Minneapolis, and Minneapolis and St Paul together are bigger than Seattle and Denver. Honestly this is so typical of how the rest of the country views the Twin Cities.

Here, I did some math for everybody's reference...

(the population ratio of Mpls:St. Paul is 60:40, so for the combined value I took (3*Mpls + 2*StPaul) / 5)

Transit Score should look like this:
1. New York City - 81
2. San Francisco - 80
3. Boston - 75
4. Washington DC - 70
5. Philadelphia - 67
6. Chicago - 65
Minneapolis - 65
7. Minneapolis-St. Paul - 61
8. Seattle - 57
9. Baltimore - 57
St. Paul - 56
10. Los Angeles - 50


Bike Score should like like this:
Minneapolis - 79
1. Minneapolis-St. Paul - 73
2. Portland - 70
3. San Francisco - 70
4. Denver - 70
5. Philadelphia - 68
6. Boston - 67
7. Washington DC - 65
8. Seattle - 64
9. Tuscon - 64
St. Paul - 63
10. New York City - 62


Minneapolis Walk Score: 58
St. Paul Walk Score: 45
Combined: 53
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Old 04-09-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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It seems like Western States are really big on biking.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Not bad lists. Nice to see Seattle in all 3. It doesn't get the credit it deserves imo, but I'm just being biased.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Philly should be #1 in walkability and biking and #2 in transit AT LEAST. I'm not biased.
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:37 PM
 
Location: That star on your map in the middle of the East Coast, DMV
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Philly should be #1 in walkability and biking and #2 in transit AT LEAST. I'm not biased.
Love Philly's grid and the narrow streets definitely enhance the atmosphere for walking, but at #2 for transit? Idk... I'd say top 4-5 for sure.

I also don't know how Boston is 5 transit points ahead of DC.

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Old 04-09-2015, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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Other than New York (with its messed up MTA) what city has better transit than Philly? Not to mention SEPTA's regional rail is the only through-routing system in the country. How many subway likes have better frequencies than Market-Frankford's 6 min. off-peak for the entire day?
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Old 04-09-2015, 06:49 PM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Basically what the prior poster said, this measurement counts city proper only, and Miami is only 35 sq mi of land.
36 square miles of suburbs wouldn't get a high score anyway. In those 36 square miles are some very walkable neighborhoods like little havana and brickell. Admittedly, this 36 square miles cover a small percentage of the overall metro it still doesn't include the most walkable areas like South Beach.
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