The Alliance for Biking and Walking is out with its biannual report on the state of cycling and walking in America, and the results are surprising. Everyone and their mother probably assumes bike-obsessed Washington or Oregon have the highest percentage of walkers/bikers among states and Seattle or Portland among cities. Turns out, that assumption is wrong, according to the Alliance's finding, published in Good Environment magazine.
Alaska leads the nation -- Seward's Folly, The Last Frontier, The Great Land is numero uno in the number of people riding and walking. And among cities, that would be Boston.
Why Alaska, where 8 percent of its residents walk or bike work? "Gasoline is a like $10 a gallon up there. It's expensive to drive," reasons Alliance president Jeffrey Miller.
And why Boston, where 13.9 percent walk to their jobs? It's because the city has web of streets designed for pedestrians that tend to make drivers crazy, says Miller.
Of the country's 50 largest cities, though, Portland is the biking mecca, where 2.1 percent of its populace use a bicycle to commute. Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Seattle all rank high as well for both walking the biking, and hold the number two, three or four slots on the combined list.