Under Beta Update, after the first paragraph beginning "Updates clarify that surrounding existing density
is measured within a 1/4-mile (400-meter) offset...", insert the following language:
A new option has been added for all projects to recognize the benefit of walkable locations as assessed by Walk Score® and equivalent walkability assessment tools. Walk Score® measures surrounding density
, road network metrics, and destinations within walking distance
and is a reasonable proxy for the metrics in Option 1 and Option 2.
Under Further Explanation, add the following language:
Walk Score measures the walkability of an address on the following scale:
Walk Score® Description
90-100 Walker's Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car.
70-89 Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot.
50-69 Somewhat Walkable
Some errands can be accomplished on foot.
Most errands require a car.
Almost all errands require a car.
Source: Walk Score
While quantitative walkability assessment tools, including Walk Score, provide valuable insight into the relative potential for walking in a measured location, these tools have acknowledged limitations for reflecting the actual conditions on the ground and the safety and efficacy of walking. Project teams are encouraged to utilize other resources, including but not limited to multimodal transportation data collection and analysis, travel surveys, and pedestrian safety audits. For more information, refer to https://www.walkscore.com/methodology.shtml
In addition, a project’s design has the potential to influence walking and other active modes as alternatives to driving through the orientation of the building on the site and connectivity between the site and the surrounding street network, and by including high-quality sidewalks and crossing facilities that enhance multimodal travel on and around the project.
Under "Required Documentation" and a new bullet with the following language:
For projects attempting Option 3, attach a screenshot of the resulting Walk Score, making sure to include the project’s address and score.