As part of some research for Bike Peoria, I got sidetracked with the walkability of Peoria. Well, I actually kind of know how walkable Peoria is already. I did a feature called Walk On Wednesday, where I’d walk around downtown and nearby areas on my lunch break. Turns out, it’s not so good. For those familiar with the website WalkScore.com, a 37 is damn near the bottom of the barrel. For those who aren’t familiar, it’s damn near bottom of the barrel.
Walking to your basic needs is an essential way of life that has altogether been removed from our day-to-day lives here in many American cities. Peoria is no exception when it comes to that. Based off of the metrics that Walk Score uses, Peoria scores a 37 out of 100 on walkability – the ability to walk to basic, fundamental needs. So yeah, we probably need to get on that here pretty soon.