Walkability: Sidewalk Connectivity in Kenton County
PREFACE: This map represents a compilation of work and analysis from a multi-map format called “Story Map”. Story Maps guide viewers through an organized sequence of interactive maps, facts, statistics, and analyses about a single subject, the intent being a better understanding of a subject and its many facets. This is NKYmapLAB’s first use of the Story Map format to provide viewers with more information than can be provided in a single map product.
This map shows Kenton County’s sidewalk network, its coverage, and its missing links; the focus is to show the community’s walkability.
In general terms according to Wikipedia, walkability “is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. Walkability has many health, environmental, and economic benefits. Factors influencing walkability include the presence or absence and quality of footpaths, sidewalks or other pedestrian rights of way, traffic and road conditions, land use patterns, building accessibility, and safety, among others.
As the term is used here, walkability focuses on points of interest (churches, schools, shopping centers, city buildings, libraries, parks, and dining locations)that are within 50 feet of a sidewalk. The 50-foot distance is measured from the nearest sidewalk to the property line of the point of interest.
LINK-GIS built and maintains a sidewalk data layer as a part of its massive geographic information system. Kenton County today includes over 770 miles of sidewalks.