Where Is Canada’s Best Walking City?

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Hmmm.
Why don’t I see London on this list?

  
    Attention News Editors:

    WATERLOO, ON, May 12 /CNW/ - 
    The Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) has selected 
    Vancouver, BC as the Best Walking City in Canada for 2008. 
    The CFPM established the Best Walking City in Canada contest to 
    bring awareness to the country's health and well being of its residents 
    and to celebrate each city's unique characteristics. The contest was 
    open to the country's 100 most populous cities and required completion 
    of an application and questionnaire. The questionnaire looked at 
    8 different criteria in the areas of: trail and park accessibility; 
    comfort and safety; and interesting and attractive scenery.

    The City of Vancouver achieved high marks in the areas of:

    - percentage of people who walk to work
    - number of kilometers of trails
    - ideal year round temperatures
    - good air quality
    - many points of interest and attractive landscapes

    In addition, Vancouver's commitment to making their city 
    walking-friendly can be found in other city-wide programs. 
    Civic initiatives such as Active Communities Vancouver and One Day 
    provide programs that enhance and support citizens to walk to work 
    and exercise for enjoyment. There are more than 44 "Step Out Walks" 
    featured on the Active Communities web site. 
    Several of these City walks include themes such as art, history, 
    architecture and nature. The establishment of 23 neighborhoods 
    within the City has helped to create local walkable communities. 
    These beautiful neighborhoods have been enhanced by the City's 
    infrastructure that emphasizes and supports walkability through: 
    transportation corridors, land acquisition and establishing 
    Neighbourhood Greenways.  
    The First Runner Up is Fredericton, NB.  The City of Fredericton 
    scored high in the areas of good air quality, many points of interest 
    and attractive landscapes and a very low personal crime rate. 
    The Second Runner Up is Nanaimo, BC.  Nanaimo has lots of 
    hiking trails and parks, moderate year round temperatures and good 
    air quality. 
    The members of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine (CFPM) 
    are concerned about Canadians walking comfortably. Healthy feet are 
    important to perform Canada's favourite exercise, walking. Therefore, 
    the CFPM would like to recognize the cities that have walker-friendly 
    environments and encourage their residents to participate in walking 
    as an inexpensive and enjoyable form of exercise. 
    Walking can be done anywhere and anytime. It can be for enjoyment, 
    exercise and transportation. Studies have shown people who walk 
    have fewer incidences of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and 
    obesity. The foot-friendly exercise can even help people live longer 
    and improve their over all well-being. 
    Join us as we celebrate Vancouver as the Best Walking City in Canada 
    on Sunday, May 18, 2008, at 2:00 pm in Hastings Park, Vancouver, BC.

                                              % of                    No.
                                              People                  poor
                        Walking   Area        who                     air
                        trail     of          walk to    Average      quality
                        distance  Parks       work       temperature  days

    Vancouver, BC       9.33      8.67        8.67       10           10

    Fredericton, NB     7.33      7.33        5.33       4.67         10

    Nanaimo, BC         10        8           4          9.33         10

    Brantford, ON       8         6.67        2          8.67         4

    Peterborough, ON    8.67      4.67        6          5.33         4.67

    Regina, SK          5.33      9.33        9.33       2            10

    Brandon, MB         6.67      5.33        4.67       1.33         10

    Rimouski, QC        2.67      10          7.33       4            3.33

    Greater
    Sudbury, ON         2         2           10         2.67         6

    Kingston, ON        1.33      1.33        8          8.67         0.67

    Truro, NS           6         4           6.67       6            5.33

    Hamilton, ON        3.33      2.67        2.67       7.33         1.33

    Prince George, BC   4.67      3.33        3.33       3.33         2.67

    Oshawa, ON          4         6           1.33       6.67         2

    Timmins, ON         0.67      0.67        0.67       0.67         10


                        No.
                        of
                        points    No.       No.         Overall
                        of        personal  pedestrian  summary
                        interest  crimes    accidents   presentation  Total

    Vancouver, BC       9.33      5.33      0.67        10            72

    Fredericton, NB     8         10        6.67        10            69.33

    Nanaimo, BC         7.33      2.67      5.33        7.33          63.99

    Brantford, ON       5.33      4         8.67        10            57.34

    Peterborough, ON    8.67      8         4           6             56.01

    Regina, SK          10        3.33      2           4.67          55.99

    Brandon, MB         4         6         6           10            54

    Rimouski, QC        3.33      9.33      7.33        6             53.32

    Greater
    Sudbury, ON         1.33      7.33      9.33        4.67          45.33

    Kingston, ON        2         8.67      8           4.67          43.34

    Truro, NS           6.67      1.33      1.33        4.67          42

    Hamilton, ON        4.67      7.33      4.67        4.67          38.67

    Prince George, BC   2.67      2         2.67        7.33          32

    Oshawa, ON          6         0.67      3.33        1.33          31.33

    Timmins, ON         0.67      4.67      10          1.33          29.35

    For further information: 
    phone Stephen Hartman, CEO of the Canadian Federation of Podiatric Medicine 
    at 1-888-706-4444, at his clinic at (519) 888-6274 or via email at 
    shartman@xplornet.com.

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2 Responses to “Where Is Canada’s Best Walking City?”

  1. kevbo Says:

    Greg, thank you for this post its actually very informative. One of the continual projects that Ive been working on in conjunction with my colleagues is the idea of walkability (specifically in children) and how this is affected by different types of development, including the amount of parks and green space. Everyone around the office will find this of interest. Thanks

  2. John Leschinski Says:

    A friend of mine from Vancouver recently moved to NYC and was talking about how much nicer walking about was then in NYC on Keith and the Girl show the other day. Ep 708 I think..

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