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Beverly Hills Ranks No. 8 on 'Walkability' Among California Cities

A pedestrian friendliness evaluation by Walk Score gives the area high marks based on proximity to amenities.

The rankings are in, and Beverly Hills is considered one of the Top 10 most walkable cities in California.

According to a study by Walk Score, Beverly Hills ranks No. 8—a tie with Redondo Beach.

Beverly Hills was deemed "very walkable" with an average Walk Score of 76, according to the evaluation. Beverly Hills has a population of 34,449.

The 90211 ZIP code was considered Beverly Hills' most walkable and the 90212 ZIP code the least walkable.

Redondo Beach, with 66,135 people, also had a score of 76.

West Hollywood ranked No. 1 among California cities. It has a population of 32,963.

The evaluation is based on an algorithm that factors the distance of individual addresses to nearby amenities. The study defines city boundaries according to Zillow.com and weights the score giving consideration to population density based on data from the 2010 U.S. Census.

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Ellen Lutwak July 23, 2011 at 12:09 AM
But, how many people actually walk? I do look forward to reading about residents who do keep their cars at home, especially during rush hour and on the weekends. For your next dinner out, walk! Let us know! And how many are walking to school. Just do it!
Laurie Lande July 23, 2011 at 02:03 AM
I live in 90211 area code, and I think the eastern part of our city is particularly walkable. We only have one car, so we walk to the dr's office, the bank, to the nearby Starbucks and to school. Plus you don't have to worry about parking.
Tom Pease July 23, 2011 at 05:08 AM
When I moved here, I chose to live in the "Industrial Triangle". I love that I can walk into town to run errands or shop. It's less than a mile to South Beverly and I figure if I walked that then the Garlic Nan at Saffron or the tidbit from Madame Chocolate was burned off. Even if my waistline tells me it was not..
penny wineberg July 23, 2011 at 07:52 PM
90212 is a very walkable area. You can walk starting out on Canon and walk straight east or west on Olympic, Pico Blvd. or Wilshire Blvd. The resident streets are also pleasant. And don't forget Beverly Blvd for any type cuisine you're looking for.
Mark Elliot July 23, 2011 at 08:26 PM
Thanks for this - I hadn't noticed the announcement. Tie for 8th place seems a bit counterintuitive, doesn't it, since the entirety of BH is quite walkable? Tree-lined streets make for pleasant strolling and a coffee shop (important in the Walk Score ranking) is only a few blocks away from most folks. Unless you live on a large property farther from amenities, or a hillside lot off a walk-unfriendly road designed purely for auto access. I'd love to see BH precincts rated independently. I live one block from our city's (only) officially-designated pedestrian district, and indeed it is amenity-rich. Even a grocery store, the most heavily weighted factor in the Walk Score, is only three blocks away. My neighborhood would get the highest Walk Score, I'm sure. Were I living in Trousdale Estates, though, I'd be at the bottom, however nice the view. I would also be interested in seeing our bike-friendly ranking, which is undertaken by Bicycling Magazine. We're small, but Long Beach (pop 46,000) comes in at #23 - and that's despite that city's reputation for rolling out the infrastructure. Beverly Hills may be walkable - if not the most walkable - but we sure have a long way to go to accommodate our other 'active transportation' folks, the increasing number of cyclists we see. Follow our progress to make our city more active-transportation-friendly at betterbike.org!

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