Walk and Bike Scores


Neighbourhood mean walk/bike score of 100 random points sampled from the pedestrian, cycling and road network in a neighbourhood.


Walk score: measures walkability on a scale from 0 – 100 based on walking routes to destinations such as grocery stores, schools, parks, restaurants, and retail.

Bike score: measures bike accessibility on a scale from 0 – 100 based on bike infrastructure, topography, destinations and road connectivity.


Pedestrian, cycling and road network data were obtained from OpenData Ottawa (2019). Datasets include: Roads, Cycling Network, and Pedestrian network. 100 points were randomly sampled on road networks in each neighbourhood, with points at least 10 meters apart from each other, and exported to addresses in text. The walk scores and bikes scores of these addresses were requested through walkscore.com API (Walk Score, 2019). Mean scores were calculated for each neighbourhood.

A full methodology of how walk/bike scores can be found at https://www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml


OpenData Ottawa. (2019). Datasets – OpenData Ottawa. Retrieved April 2, 2019, from http://data.ottawa.ca/dataset

Walk Score. (2019). Walk Score APIs – Public Transit API, Walk Score API, Walk Score Widget. Retrieved April 2, 2019, from https://www.walkscore.com/professional/walk-score-apis.php