Well, it depends on exactly where you stand. This question is typically raised by people considering a move to Montclair, as they wander around the confusing topography.
Here’s one tool that delivers a walk score related to nearby shopping, schools and parks. These calculations are supposed to measure how “easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle.” When you achieve 70/100, then it’s possible to go car-free.
Of course, Montclair scores depend the delta between you and the Village. If you live next to the coffee shops, then you’re in luck: Thornhill Coffee Shop rates a 69/100, while Peets jumps to 88/100.
When you live higher up, it’s not practical to shop on foot. Redwood Regional Park (Skyline) rates a paltry 8/100, surrounded by nature and a few ridge line homes.
As you move through the hills, the walk scores don’t improve much. Places like Farallon Way (26), Robin Hood Way (35) and Ascot Drive (also 35) are far from stores or other services.
Still there are walkers out there. We have an Oakland walking map that marks ideal streets and staircases, and use it frequently. Yet most folks are exercising their dogs or themselves, rather than shopping.
The upshot? Cars remain a way of life around these parts. We’re dependent on guzzlers for work commutes and daily errands too.
2 thoughts on “How Walkable Is Montclair?”
We chose our home on La Salle after moving out of SF for its great access to the Village and public transportation. Our neighbors also tend to be big walkers. Now if people (Piedmont people) would just SLOW the heck down on La Salle and not park on the “sidewalk” side of the road on Farmers Market day we’d be rockin’.
My walk score is 33. That’s not so bad. This service can be rather useful especially for those who are going to buy a house or just want to estimate their
present location. I have also tried one more service at
http://drivescore.fizber.com/. It is called Drive Score. With the help of it you can see how close establishments are by car. My result is 50. Drive Score calculates your score based on the number of places within a convenient
driving distance. The greater the number of businesses nearby the higher the drive score.