PerthALIVE promotes higher density developments next to or on top of major shopping and urban centres. Proximity to a major transit node is vital. In other words all amenities are within walking distance. The Walk Score website rates over 10,000 neighborhoods in almost 3,000 cities across the United States, Canada, and Australia.
The authors of the Walk Score site maintain that “walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, better commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.”
A score of 50 gets across a threshold from car dependent to somewhat walkable. Seventy is very walkable and above 90 is classified as a “walkers paradise”
You might be interested to know that Perth overall has a score of 50 and that Northbridge scores the highest walkability score (95), followed by Perth city centre (89), then Highgate, East Perth and West Perth (87)
Check out your neighbourhood walk score here. http://www.walkscore.com/cities-and-neighborhoods/