If you’ve ever moved to a new city and known you were going to spend some time (forever?) car-less, you know why WalkScore is important. WalkScore looks at most city addresses in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and gives each city a “walkability” score from 0-100. This score is based on a few metrics that the company believes makes a good neighborhood for walking. These include having a neighborhood center, high enough populations for businesses to crop up, mixed incomes, and more.
The company has city ranking on its website, as well as an option to explore cities on a map. It also has an Apartment Search feature for those who want a WalkScore for their search. Companies are integrating WalkScore into their offerings as well and they’re not all real estate-oriented. Hipmunk, a travel search website, allows you to see WalkScores on its hotels application, so you know whether or not your stay will be around accessible shops and restaurants.
According to GeekWire, the money will be used to build out its apartment search, as well as its technology on the “walkability” side. It will also look further into the commuting process and what can be done to save that broken part of people’s daily lives.
Investors include Rudy Gadre, previously Facebook’s general counsel, Shel Kaphan, former chief technology officer of Amazon, and a number of angels, as well as companies.