San Francisco tops the list of Prevention
magazine’s annual survey of the country’s best walking cities, leading
a list of 25 winners and 15 honorable mentions. It won in part because
its city government devotes 12 agencies to walking issues.
Selection of the best cities for walking
were based on 19 criteria, including population density per square
mile, use of mass transit, crime rates, and square miles of local and
state parks. Prevention—and its partners, the American Podiatric
Medical Association and Sperling’s Best Places—also consulted with a
panel of nationally recognized experts in the field of walking
The top 10 best walking cities were:
1. San Francisco
3. New York
6. Washington D.C.
9. Portland, Ore.
Source: Prevention (04/07/2009)