With gas prices over $3.50 a gallon in most places (and probably going to be higher before summer is here), more and more people are looking for ways to cut back on their driving.

I found a site that will grade your neighborhood or potential neighborhood if you are out home shopping, for its walk-ability. You just input the address and it rates the home based on how close it is too all the needed resources to include grocery stores, restaurants, bars, parks, schools, etc...

I tested a few address's around town and unfortunately there are not many places in Bakersfield that score that high. We are just too spread out! I don't think it takes into consideration either that in about 2 months the only time you can walk anywhere is early in the morning when the temperature is down to 90-95 instead of 110!

Check it out though it can be a good way to find something close by that you never knew was there!

www.walkscore.com

Have a great St. Patrick's day!

Jared