Walkability, what we've learned so far
Our bodies are adjusting, but we've got a ways to go before this will be "easy" by any stretch of the imagination. We try to be as prepared as possible each day, but certain things have crept up that are hard to know about ahead of time.
-Bad neighborhoods (we're looking at you, Main Street in Worcester)
-Speed limits of roads (for once, we really wish that people would obey these)
-Traffic throughput of a road
Specifically for google maps, we'd love if these issues were more apparent or accessible. Other things on the wishlist might be a streetview tour of a route in video form or a way to optimize for safety/walkability instead of total distance. Even with their warning of "Walking directions are in beta. Use caution – This route may be missing sidewalks or pedestrian paths.", it's unfortunate that we can't rely on what is otherwise a pretty decent tool.
We're getting better at figuring out good ways of routing, but from what we can tell, the tools just aren't there at the moment. However, when we get to a point in our route that just isn't walkable, we are getting pretty good at figuring out safer alternatives, even if they take a little longer!
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