The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) recently released an online tool called Abogo that calculates transportation impacts for a given neighborhood or address. CNT’s mission is to promote “the more effective use of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future.” Abogo helps to achieve this mission by illustrating the impacts of transportation choices. Additionally, it informs the public of the impact the physical environment affects the transportation choices available, and therefore impacts the affordability of a place. It’s a clever tool that implies the real financial benefits of alternative modes of transportation.
As we’ve seen through tools like Walkscore and an associated study, people value a denser, more walkable environment. Abogo will help to highlight the financial and environmental benefits of making sustainable residential and transportation decisions. Spread the word!