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Cycling's role in USA (or an region's) fitness

Old 05-17-17, 12:16 PM
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Cycling's role in USA (or an region's) fitness

So I saw another survey about fittest cities and I wondered about what 'cyclists' opinion would be of cycling's impact on a city's (or region) overall health. Below is the reference, but rather than focus on the rankings the question is: In the top XX (10, 20, 25) cities, how does cycling play into the higher level of fitness in the community? If at all?


Minneapolis-St. Paul is the fittest city in the U.S. - TODAY.com


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2017 AFI Report - American Fitness Index
Top 20 = Minneapolis, DC, San Francisco, Seattle, San Jose, Boston, Denver, Portland, Salk Lake City, San Diego, Sacramento, Austin, Hartford, Raleigh, Chicago, LA, Atlanta, NYC area, Tampa area, Baltimore


Infrastructure?, activism?, visibility on roadways?, political organizing?


Edit: Can a mod change my title? either "a region's" or "an area's" thx
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Yeah ... whatever. They are really measuring "quality of fitness lifestyle enhancements."

Minneapolis edged DC because DC does not spend enough on parks? Okay, but which population is actually healthier and/or fitter? And DC is mostly upscale with some real crap neighborhoods, but no shortage of gyms and cycling ... I have a friend who ran a gym and raced bikes there.

Anyway ... I have nothing to add so I will move on.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
Infrastructure?, activism?, visibility on roadways?, political organizing?
Pay a bunch of people to protest and go crazy.
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I doubt much. I'd honestly expect the correlation to work the other way: the fitter in general a region is, the more likely you will see cyclists, runners, kayakers, etc. and infrastructure for them, because it will get used.

In any case, you can find quite a bit of cycling culture in Detroit, and it is in the bottom 10.
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I'm not sure how to answer the question. I live in Eastlake, where we have some quiet roads. One of them in particular has more bike traffic than car traffic, but the number of bikes is dwarfed by runners.
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Originally Posted by Wildwood
In the top XX (10, 20, 25) cities, how does cycling play into the higher level of fitness in the community? If at all?
X people will be more fit because they cycle. Y people will cycle because they are fit. Z people will belong to both groups.

X, Y and Z could be zero.
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More bicycle lanes needed everywhere. Safer we can make cycling the more people will participate. I would say more sidewalks too but miles of more concrete makes me cringe. A change to many people's mindset the hardest part. People believe a car is a right and not a privilege.
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The answer to "How do we improve this system" is, "Get better people."

Laws have limited effect (might I point out that murder and robbery are Still against the law ....) I think "Share the road" commercials and such do help over time, particularly when accompanied by roadside signage, but mostly that helps the good people do a little better. The ones who cause all the problems aren't paying any attention to laws, signs, or traffic around them ... which is the root problem.

Here's a hoot---I recall the "president's council on physical fitness" or whatever back from the Kennedy days, which was designed to start with kids and get them to be healthier and more active.

I think TV shows in which the lead actors are fit and active probably plays a bigger role than anything else.
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