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These are Melbourne’s WORST Suburbs For Pedestrians

The suburbs in Melbourne with the worst 'walkability' have been revealed thanks to new data compiled by US website Walk Score and home rental listings database rent.com.au.

For a suburb to score well, it should have everything you might need in ordinary daily life - shops, services, entertainment, work - easily accessible on foot.

Basically, you should be able to trot down the street to grab a coffee, pick up some milk, grab a book from the library and run your errands without feeling like you need to drive from here to there.

According to The AgeWalk Score uses publicly available data and its own algorithms to rate the walkability of locations, and this week its scores out of 100 have begun to appear on Victorian property listings.

If you live in Werribee South, we have bad news for you! Your suburb scored just 0.6 out of 100 in the new ranking, meaning it is an unfeasibly long walk to all shops, restaurants, schools and community facilities. 

Here are the top ten worst places for walkability.

SuburbWalk Score
Werribee South 0.60
Kalimna 1.00
Narbethong 1.00
Officer South 1.00
Ventnor 1.00
Mount Duneed 1.20
Eagle Point 1.25
Junortoun 1.50
Coongulla 2.00
Byrneside 2.00

Unsurprisingly, the winning suburbs are mostly concentrated in the inner city.

SuburbWalk Score
Melbourne City 100.00
Fitzroy 98.53
Carlton 98.39
Collingwood 97.96
Southbank 97.25
Melbourne 96.58
South Melbourne 96.03
Albert Park 94.83
South Yarra 94.36
West Melbourne 94.30

Ben Rossiter, chief executive of Victoria Walks, told The Age the desire to live in a walkable suburb was certainly not unique to younger people. Higher property prices in walkable inner city suburbs indicated the wider population was willing to pay a premium to be able to easily get around on foot, he said.  

Could you get around your suburb without a car? 

Source: The Age

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