According to new rankings from Walk Score, a company owned by Redfin that rates cities’ walkability, Vancouver, Montreal, and Toronto are at the top; while Burlington, Milton, and Oakville are car-dependant.
Cities in which residents can complete their day-to-day tasks without a car have higher scores—a Walk Score ranking on 90 means all errands can be completed by foot, while scores between 70 and 89 indicate most errands can be completed on foot, and scores of 50 to 69 indicate some but not all errands can be completed on foot.
Toronto finished with a Walk Score of 61—good enough for the third-best score in the country.
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“A lot of Toronto is connected underground, so when it gets cold in the winter, there are still ways to get around. Then there’s the boardwalk, which allows people to walk across much of the city right on the waterfront,” Blair Anderson, market manager for Redfin Toronto, said in a news release.
“One thing people don’t always realize about Toronto is that there are lots of nature walks and trails right in the city. If it was just a concrete jungle, people wouldn’t be so inclined to walk places, but since it’s so beautiful, walking is appealing. Plus, city traffic is less than desirable these days, so being able to get around on foot is very advantageous,” Anderson continued.
As for the Halton Region, Burlington has an average Walk Score of 43, Oakville scores 42, and Milton comes in at 39.
The City of Burlington, specifically, says it has committed to being less car-dependent in the near future by building around a transportation model designed to provide people “of all ages and abilities” with more travel choices for things like walking, transit, and cycling.