Thursday, October 31, 2013
Kathleen Ferrier, Policy Manager, WalkSanDiego
San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard
On the day many trick-or-treaters will be crowding sidewalks going door-to-door in the hopes of bringing home a bag full of goodies, we learn some San Diego County neighborhoods are more pedestrian-friendly than others. Today, WalkSanDiego released its 2012 San Diego Regional Walk Scorecard and named La Mesa as the region's most walkable.
Kathleen Ferrier, the group's policy manager, said the competition was tight.
"Very close behind are National City and Imperial Beach,"she said.
Ferrier said La Mesa earned the top spot not only because of its ease to get around on foot, but because the city has invested so much in crosswalks and signage and has done extensive studies on the subject. However, the scoring process goes beyond the city's conditions today — Ferrier said the group also looks at how each city is planning to enhance its strolling appeal.
"We're not just scoring or looking at how walkable a city is at the moment, we're also looking at what are cities doing to improve walking conditions," she said.
On the flipside, a few San Diego County cities didn't measure up so well.
"The cities at the bottom are Santee and El Cajon," Ferrier said.
These cities earned a poor score because they're just not keeping up with the other more walkable towns, she said. Some can even be more dangerous for people on foot.
"El Cajon has one of the highest pedestrian collision rates in the region, so that brings the score down," she said.
The city of San Diego ranked in the middle at number nine.