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Walkonomics - New Walkability App Launched

Visitors and house hunters can get a feel for what streets in Scotland’s largest city are really like before they arrive, thanks to a new app for Android and iPhone.

Walkonomics – a combination of walking and ergonomics – has used hundreds of sources of information to calculate the attractiveness of more than 20,000 stretches of Glasgow’s streets.

The free service already covers 600,000 streets in England, with roads in Edinburgh and other Scottish cities to follow.

Walkonomics uses eight criteria to assess the “pedestrian friendliness” of a street, including road safety, ease of crossing and navigation and crime levels.

The steepness of streets – as much a factor in parts of Glasgow as hilly Edinburgh – is also taken into account, along with the extent of tree cover, and number of shops and pedestrian crossings. Missing street signs, vandalism, graffiti and litter marks a street down, along with heavy or fast traffic.

Some of the most “walkable” streets include the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre precinct, and the traffic-free section of Sauchiehall Street in the city centre. The worst-rated include Castle Street, where it crosses under the M8 north of Glasgow Royal Infirmary, for its high traffic levels and few crossing points.

To read the full article, visit The Scotsman website.

 

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