Philly Ranks Sixth Among Big Cities for Walking
One of our favorite things about living in the city? Walking. And it’s good to see that love affirmed in a new report that says Philly ranks sixth among big cities for the share of population commuting to work on foot.
“Philly, like a lot of cities on the East Coast, have some good bones since the city was built at a time when walking was the primary mode of transportation,” said Jeffrey Miller, president of the Washington-based Alliance for Biking and Walking, which released its biennial Benchmarking report in late April.
In Philly, 8.8 percent of commuters walk to work, putting the city ahead of the national average of 2.8 percent, but well behind top-ranked Boston, which has 15.0 percent of its commuters heading to the office by foot.
Others in the Top 5: Washington, New York City, San Francisco and Honolulu.