The Best & Worst Neighborhoods to Walk, Ride and Bike in Worcester

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WORCESTER – With the advent of ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft, and the typical availability of buses and taxis, getting from one side of Worcester to the other is easier than it’s ever been.

However, Worcester still ranks outside the top 20 “walkable” cities in Massachusetts.

According to Walkscore.com, overall, the Worcester neighborhoods with the best average scores in walking, riding and biking, include Chandler St. [between Main and Park Ave.], downtown Worcester [Front St & City Hall] and the Canal District.

The overall worst Worcester neighborhoods to get around in, according to Walkscore.com, are all on the West Side: Forest Grove, Indian Hill and West Tatnuck.

Using data from Walkscore.com, ThisWeekinWorcester.com has listed and mapped the Top 5 and Last 5 Neighborhoods in Worcester for walking, riding and biking.

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Walkscore: Walk Score measures the walkability of any address based on the distance to nearby places and pedestrian friendliness.

90–100Walker’s Paradise
Daily errands do not require a car
70–89Very Walkable
Most errands can be accomplished on foot
50–69Somewhat Walkable
Some errands can be accomplished on foot
25–49Car-Dependent
Most errands require a car
0–24Car-Dependent
Almost all errands require a car

Here are the Best 5 Neighborhoods in Worcester for Walking:

  1. Main Middle – Between Main St. & Park Ave. – Walkscore: 90
  2. Central Business District – Downtown Worcester near City Hall & Front St. – Walkscore: 87
  3. Green Island – Canal District area  – Walkscore: 85
  4. University Park – Main South area near Clark University  – Walkscore: 84
  5. Institute Park – Near Highland St. and WPI – Walkscore: 81

Here are the Worst 5 Neighborhoods in Worcester for Walking:

  1. Forest Grove – Near Assumption College – Walkscore: 21
  2. Indian Hill – Near Kendrick Ave. and Abby Kelley Foster Charter School – Walkscore: 24
  3. West Tatnuck – Near Worcester State University  – Walkscore: 27
  4. College Hill – Near Canterbury and Cambridge Streets – Walkscore: 30
  5. Burncoat – Near Clark St. and East Mountain St.  – Walkscore: 30 

 

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Transit Score: Transit Score measures how well a location is served by public transit based on the distance and type of nearby transit lines.

90–100Rider’s Paradise
World-class public transportation
70–89Excellent Transit
Transit is convenient for most trips
50–69Good Transit
Many nearby public transportation options
25–49Some Transit
A few nearby public transportation options
0–24Minimal Transit
It is possible to get on a bus

Here are the Best 5 Neighborhoods in Worcester to Access Public Transit:

  1. Central Business District – Downtown Worcester near City Hall & Front St. – Transit Score: 53
  2. Green Island – Canal District area – Transit Score: 51
  3. Main Middle – Between Main St. & Park Ave. – Transit Score: 47
  4. Union Hill – Grafton St & Bottom of Hamilton St. – Transit Score: 46
  5. Institute Park – Near Highland St. and WPI – Transit Score: 45

Here are the Worst 5 Neighborhoods in Worcester to Access Public Transit: 

  1. Forest Grove – Near Assumption College – Transit Score: 9
  2. West Tatnuck – Near Worcester State University – Transit Score: 19
  3. Broadmeadow Brook – Sunderland Rd. towards Rt. 20 – Transit Score: 23
  4. Salisbury Street – Highland St and Park Ave – Transit Score: 25
  5. Indian Hill – Near Kendrick Ave. and Abby Kelley Foster Charter School – Transit Score: 25

 

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Bike Score: Bike Score measures whether an area is good for biking based on bike lanes and trails, hills, road connectivity, and destinations.

90–100Biker’s Paradise
Daily errands can be accomplished on a bike
70–89Very Bikeable
Biking is convenient for most trips
50–69Bikeable
Some bike infrastructure
0–49Somewhat Bikeable
Minimal bike infrastructure

Here are the 5 Best Worcester Neighborhoods to Bike In:

  1. Lake Park – Near Lake Ave & Belmont St.- Bike Score: 60
  2. University Park – Main South area near Clark University – Bike Score: 52
  3. Institute Park – Near Highland St. and WPI – Bike Score: 51
  4. South Worcester – Cambridge & Canterbury Streets – Bike Score: 51
  5. Columbus Park – Park Ave – Bike Score: 49

Here are the 5 Worst Worcester Neighborhoods to Bike In:

  1. West Tatnuck – Near Worcester State University – Bike Score: 19
  2. Indian Hill – Near Kendrick Ave. and Abby Kelley Foster Charter School – Bike Score: 20
  3. Burncoat – Near Clark St. and East Mountain St. – Bike Score: 21
  4. Forest Grove – Near Assumption College – Bike Score: 23
  5. College Hill – Near Canterbury and Cambridge Streets – Bike Score: 24

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    Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Over the past two years, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Previous to that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He is the owner of Sargent Media, LLC and can be contacted at [email protected] or 774-232-1223.