What is walkable?

IcecreamI walk a lot but I have found that there is no single definition for walkable. Some of my destinations are considered further away than what is considered walkable.

There are a few things that make walking easier. Sidewalks and crosswalks. I can’t see myself living in any kind of urban or suburban setting that doesn’t have sidewalks. I can’t even imagine having to drive for miles to buy eggs or bread. It seems expensive and time-consuming.

Walking is a great way to get exercise and I am told it is good for the brain. Walking instead of driving can also lead to cleaner air. Cars are expensive which is another reason why I enjoy walking.

Walkability is something to consider before buying a house. Can errands be done on foot? Is there a grocery nearby? What about restaurants, drug stores, and ice cream? Are there bike paths and is there mass transit nearby?

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