Saturday, March 10, 2007

I Wouldn't Have Guessed It

Madison, WI has been named America's most walkable city:

Prevention magazine named Madison -- 1,300 miles north of sunny Miami -- as the most walkable of the country's 100 most populated cities. The list was commissioned by the American Podiatric Medical Association based on certain criteria. It ran in editions of the magazine released this week.
Madison beat out the likes of Austin, Texas (No. 2), San Francisco (No. 3) and Miami, which barely cracked the list at No. 98.
Factors contributing to the ranking were air quality, the percentage of people who walk to work, access to parks, number of athletic shoes sold, and (believe it or not) weather.
Number of beaches versus frozen lakes apparently was not a factor. Crime rate, unfortunately for Miami, was.
Madison residents must buy a lot of athletic shoes.