Walk the Walk
July 25, 2008
The sages have spoken, and Seattle is the sixth most walkable city in the U.S., says The Daily Green. Big enviro-points, Emerald City, given that walking = the ultimate in fuel efficiency.
Now that we’ve all charted our homes’ respective Walk Scores, and now that Feet First — an organization set on building walkable communities — has mapped several Seattle neighborhoods and their landmarks (check out the brand-spanking-new map of my digs, the CD!), it’s time to hoof it. Of course, how may’st I hoof when I know not wher’st to set foot to pavement?
Enter Google Maps, with its fresh (read: beta) Seattle walking directions function! All you gotta do is plug in some directions under the Get Directions link — say, 10th & Thomas, the location of the Cap Hill Farmers Market, to 16th & Madison, the location of the food co-op. Once Google maps your route, click the “Walking” link in the left-hand sidebar, above the direction detail (you know, Turn left here, Go .3 miles there, etc.). Presto! Get from Point A to Point B, all afoot. Thank you, Google. You always know what I need before I know I need it.
Remember, kiddies: Muscles, not motors! Happy hoofing.