A ratings website recently affirmed what German Village residents believe about their neighborhood. It is pedestrian friendly.

A ratings website recently affirmed what German Village residents believe about their neighborhood. It is pedestrian friendly.

Walk Score - www.walkscore.com - gives German Village high marks for its attributes promoting pedestrian access.

Walk Score uses a rating system based on a maximum of 100 points. German Village scored a 79, ranking No. 11 behind such familiar walkable areas as Victorian Village, Italian Village and North Columbus, otherwise known as North Campus.

The website has ratings for 212 Columbus neighborhoods.

"For nearly 200 years, the German Village neighborhood has been a pedestrian-friendly community, where residents and visitors alike can explore and enjoy their favorite village destinations on foot," said Shiloh Todorov, director of the German Village Society. "People walk to their destinations, park on the street and live life at a very pedestrian level. We are a vibrant, downtown Columbus neighborhood that creates a contemporary 21st-century lifestyle - and in light of rising gas prices and environmental consciousness, that means walking."

The website measures "how easy it is to live a car-light lifestyle - not how pretty the area is for walking," said Josh Herst, CEO of Seattle-based Walk Score.

"As for our history, Walk Score launched in 2007 with a mission to promote walkable neighborhoods as one of the simplest and best solutions for our environment, our health and our economy," he said.

Walk Score uses a patent-pending system to measure the walkability of an address, Herst said. The Walk Score algorithm awards points based on the distance to amenities in various categories. Amenities within 0.25 miles receive maximum points and no points are awarded for amenities farther than 1 mile.

Walk Score uses a variety of data sources, including Google, Education.com, Open Street Map, and Localeze. Residents can add and remove locations from the Walk Score website at www.walkscore.com/professional/faq-add-remove-place.php.

Helen Walsh of South Sixth Street said the pedestrian-oriented nature of the community also attracts plenty of visitors from outside central Ohio.

"The tours are getting bigger and bigger every time I see them," she said. "I guess it's kind of a tourist place, and it's safer that way because there are people around."