WalkScore has released for Sacramento a new walk score, 43, transit score, 33, and bike score, 68. New York is the top walk score city at 92, followed by San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami. New York is the top transit score city at 81, followed by Boston, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Philadelphia. Portland is the top bike score city at 70, followed by San Francisco, Denver, Philadelphia and Boston. Sacramento compares very well in bike score, at 68, but poorly in walk score and transit score.
For the Sacramento region, walk scores in various neighborhoods range from 5 to 92 (of 100), transit scores range from 11 to 65, and bike scores range from 38 to 100. In general, the scores track with each other, walk friendly = transit friendly = bike friendly, however, there are exceptions. You can look up your neighborhood on the chart linked below, or go to WalkScore for a lot more detail on Sacramento. The top five neighborhoods are Boulevard Park, Downtown, Midtown/Winn Park/Capital Avenue, Marshall School and Mansions Flats, all in the city of Sacramento. WalkScore exists largely as a sales tool for houses and apartments, but it has broad applicability as well.
Reference: The top 10 US cities for public transportation (Kaid Benfield, NRDC Switchboard, 2014-01-28)
And, I’m happy to report that where I live, on the border between Midtown and Downtown is:
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This walk score thing is really neat! I have to say that, while the biking in Midtown is fantastic, 99 might be just a little high. It doesn’t leave much room for improvement, and there is room.
I agree that 99 is too high. I think that as time goes by and more places become more bikeable, WalkScore will adjust scores downward for places that haven’t improved. But I don’t have any insight into their calculations. I did notice that the WalkScore and BikeScore for a suburban location where I work has decreased, presumably because businesses have closed and there are fewer destinations.