Zillow Now Lets You Check Your Dream Home’s “Bikeability” Score
Finding your dream home no doubt comes with a host of factors, many of which exist well beyond the home’s front door. If you love to strap on your helmet and hit the pavement on two wheels, the pros at Zillow are making it even easier to determine if a listing is “the one” for you, and it’s all thanks to the app’s brand new “bikeability” score.
The newly launched feature, Bike Score, helps home shoppers and renters more easily gauge whether a home is amenable to biking, measuring bikeability on a scale of 1-100. Each applicable listing will include four equally weighted components: the presence of bike lanes and trails nearby, the nearby hills, destinations and road connectivity, and the number of bikers currently in the area. The highest-scoring homes — the ones whose rating falls between 90 and 100 — are a “biker’s paradise,” meaning that daily errands can be accomplished on a bike. At the other end of the spectrum, homes with a score below 50 are rated “somewhat bikeable,” which means nearby and neighboring areas offer minimal bike infrastructure.
Bike Score is the third addition to Zillow’s trio of recently added features — including Transit Score and Walk Score — that have been added to listings to give people greater insight into what it would actually be like living in different homes and neighborhoods as they search for the home of their dreams. Though it’s not available for every single listing, Bike Score can be found under the “neighborhood details” tab of many home listings on Zillow, including apartments and condos.
Whether you’ve got a bike of your own or enjoy using a bike share program, commute daily via bike or just enjoy a leisurely pedal from time to time, Zillow has got you covered. All you need is your helmet and you’re good to go.