By Elli Davis, February 12, 2013
Pedestrians Crossing King Street at Yonge by Laurence Lui
There is no denying that the vast majority of busy Torontonians are very much dependent on their cars. However, we also have to admit that cars are not necessarily the fastest means of transportation — especially when you are stuck in traffic jams. If you want to do something for your health and be a bit more environmentally friendly, you should consider leaving your car at home from time to time and spending some time walking the streets of Toronto. As the Seattle-based Walk Score's Most Walkable Canadian Cities and Neighbourhoods report showed, it is the second most walkable city in Canada.
With a score of 78, Vancouver topped the chart, but Toronto is close behind with its 71 points. This is the first time that Walk Score ranked Canadian cities, and it is fantastic to see Toronto considered “very walkable.” After all the issues we have been having with public transit, pedestrians deserve some perks. Some neighbourhoods in Toronto do their best to make the lives of their residents easier. Those who live in the Bay Street Corridor, the Church-Yonge Corridor, or Kensington-Chinatown are the best-off, as these three parts of our city are the most walkable, according to Walk Score.
Walkability has actually become quite an important factors for homebuyers. It is very convenient to live in close proximity to schools, kindergartens, restaurants, and supermarkets. Now that the weather will slowly start getting better, there is absolutely no reason why you should not use your legs and bit and just walk (even for longer distances)!