We’re number 87?? How is that possible?

One of my favorite things about Philadelphia is the fact that it is a walkable city. The first time I came here as an adult, I was just floored at how many people lived in Center City happily without a car. Just last night I went on a date that consisted of walking to Chinatown for dinner.

So I was a little surprised that Philadelphia, the city where more people commute to work via walking than just about anyplace outside of Manhattan, was ranked 87 out of 100 Best Walking Cities by Prevention Magazine. Madison, WI was ranked number 1, followed by Austin, TX and San Francisco. New York doesn’t even hit the list until #39. Last year we hit the list at #31, so we’ve fallen considerably.

The study was commissioned by the American Podiatric Medical Association and included such factors as crime rate, air quality, access to parks, the number of people who walk to work, weather and number of athletic shoes sold (just because people like to buy athletic shoes doesn’t mean that they actually use them).

Via Portland and New York.

2 Comments so far

  1. Tamara (unregistered) on March 12th, 2007 @ 11:41 pm

    I love walking in this city. Now that the weather is warming up, I’m really looking forward to getting out a lot more!

  2. salas (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 9:17 am

    It says it counts the % of the population that walks for exercise — so I’m guessing that walking from home to work to restaurants/bars doesn’t weigh as heavily. In their top 20 are San Francisco, San Jose, and Fremont, all in the Bay Area. Those are beautiful places to walk for exercise, but most people drive from place to place.

    I think the reason Philly is so low is the crime rate — if it was the weather, Anchorage Alaska wouldn’t be #18.

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