BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A new study ranks Buffalo as “somewhat walkable” city. The study, through Walk Score, looks at the proximity and ease for people to walk to amenities like grocery stores, coffee shops and restaurants, as well as how pedestrian friendly a city is.
Buffalo residents say they find the Queen City becoming more walkable.
“We walk every lunchtime we get a chance,” said Kim Grant, who works at the medical campus and ties on her sneakers every nice afternoon.
“We have some great areas to walk around,” said Joseph LaTona, walking along Main Street, enjoying the springtime weather. “And it’s always nice to do especially when the weather is cooperative.”
“There are restaurants, shops, little stores, the bank, if you need to run an errand,” said Courtney Donovan who works downtown.
Buffalo ranks pretty well for a city its size – with walkability score at 67.1. Regionally, Rochester received a score of 64.3; Toronto, 71.4, Hamilton, 50.9. New York City received the best score in the entire study with a rating at 88.9.
With a score around 67, Buffalo residents say there is room for improvement.
“I think it would be nice to have a grocery store downtown,” said LaTona. “A lot more people are living here and they certainly should have that opportunity to shop where they can walk there.”
“More children’s events, more movie houses,” said Michael McGuffin, who grew up on the West Side. “We have plenty of restaurants, that’s for sure.”
The study shows the average Buffalo resident lives within a five minute walking distance to two restaurants, bars or coffee shop.
The study also reports the majority of cities they rank received higher scores this year than last. Buffalo is one of those cities and residents say they notice the improvements.
“I think the enhancements they’ve made have really contributed to the ability to walk and feel safe,” said Grant. “It has made that big of a difference. Now it’s walkable and I don’t think a year ago it was.”
To look at the study and see where other areas fall, you can visit the Walk Score website here.