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San Leandro “more walkable” than Hayward, according to study

The walkability index is a guide that rates cities and neighborhoods based on proximity to nearby amenities such as grocery stores, restaurants, schools, parks, and public transit. 

Here is Hayward’s data and a pretty cool map in which green is good and red is bad in terms of legging it around town. Notice that while the overall number isn’t very impressive, some areas of town are indeed very walkable according to their methodology. In particular, North Hayward is up there at 77, which isn’t bad considering the 85 rank enjoyed by the country’s two most walkable cities of New York and San Francisco. San Lorenzo also got a 58 overall score, while San Leandro was somewhat higher at 65. Castro Valley faired poor for walkers, with a score of 45.

Fun feature: Enter an address and find a walk score particular for where you are. I’ll have you know that the Daily Review’s address is a “Walker’s Paradise” with a score of 98. The Castro Valley neighborhood where I grew up rated a dismal, “Car-Dependent” score of 28, but I could have told you that it wasn’t much fun getting around pre-car without the rating. 

 Here’s the press release from Walk Score.

According to the website, “The 372 largest cities in California have an average Walk Score of 50. The most walkable cities in California are West Hollywood, Albany and San Francisco.  The least walkable cities are Mead Valley, Prunedale and Adelanto.”

Eric Kurhi

  • qodrn

    If you were trying to walk or drive to the Holy Seplechur
    Cemetary today,you will find the main entrance closed and utterly ripped up by roadwork. Great. If you would like to pay your respects (say today was your dad’s birthday) you need to use the entrance on Harder that goes to the memorial chapel and drive around. It was so relaxing there hearing the jax hammers and truch backing up. UGHHHHHH!

  • qodrn

    Castro Valley fares poor cause everything is on the Boulevard. If you live near the Boulevard, great. Otherwise, its all up hill. I remember Joe Montana saying one reason he moved to San Francisco was the walking. I thought he was nuts since he had no knees and its SF. But I guess I was wrong.

  • qodrn

    Oakland came in at No. 10!

  • qodrn

    In case you missed the tiny article in the sports page, District 45 the local little league district for hayward, castro valley, union city is the west’s representative in the little league world series at the 17-18 level (called big little league). congratulation guys. Keep up the good work. they won the west title in washington last week.

  • qodrn

    the district 45 team is made up of all stars from all of the districts teams. anyway, they lost yesterday 4-3 to the southwest. We’ll get em today.

  • qodrn

    1/4 burger on Mission Blvd is closed. Thought the place was still pretty popular. Another one bites the dust.

  • qodrn

    Things are not going good for the District 45 guys. Played three games, lost three games. They are off Saturday. Probably good thing. Still proud of the group.

  • Michael Moore

    The loss of 1/4 pound burger on Mission Boulevard is a loss of immeasurable depth. There are not any other burgers like this left in the community. A place where where you could rely on getting a really great hamburger. I know all about Val’s, but it is not the same. What a loss.

  • Teachermama

    Congrats to the little leaguers. That is a fantastic accomplishment! Is 1/4 burgers the place by the plunge? How can that be closed? There were always people there. I loved the walk-up window. Say it isn’t so!

  • qodrn

    I think the property the burger place sits on was recently sold through foreclosure. I could be wrong, however. Think the bank if so would be smart enough to keep place open. Maybe someone bought it to build something else. We sure don’t need anymore empty lots. The windows are boarded up and there are no signs on the place as of yesterday.

  • Eric Kurhi

    Thanks for the heads up on 1/4-Pound. I checked in with the city’s economic development manager, it was news to him although he said that the chain has been in a state of decline for some time. However, there’s some good news for burger fans — Five Guys Burgers and Fries is coming to town, will set up shop in the Target shopping center at A and Hesperian. Look for a “state of the burger in Hayward” story later this week.

  • Alex

    I wonder if the ones in Oakland are still open?