Best Cities to Ride a Bike

Posted on June 25, 2012

By Brendan Stewart, Travelers Today, June 16, 2012.

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Riding a bike is becoming a more popular way to get around. (Photo: Reuters)

Wish to show off your new Honda on the highway? Hang on. Biking is in fashion across the globe now. More and more people are giving up on their cars and biking to work on a daily basis.

The advantages? Well, there is more than one.

Biking is a great way to get to know a city and get fit at the same time. You do not add to the ever increasing air pollution, on the contrary to help to achieve a greener city. Besides, the last-mile connectivity comes the easiest with biking. What tops the list is that it is so much easier on your pocket than the gas bills your car gives you.

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The world is catching up and catching up fast. There are numerous amazing cities across the globe today that encourages biking and promotes the trend actively.

Here’s a list of some of cities that boast of a well organized biking system. These biking paradises showcase the whole trend as a fashionable, intelligent move so that more and more people opt for it.

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Undoubtedly, Amsterdam has been ranked the most bike-friendly city in the world. Reports by virgin-vacations say nearly 40 percent of all commutes that take place in Amsterdam are done by bicycle. Amsterdam hosts the famous Amsterdam Bike Ramp at Central Station which has the capacity of some 7,000 bikes for commuters to park while they travel by train. Designated street lanes and traffic signals, bicycle safety concerns, rented bicycles, underground sheds and outside shelters to park bikes are the highlights.

Portland, Oregon

Portland has done it differently. It has created bicycle paths that connect the urban neighborhoods, so a rider can bypass auto commuting altogether. The city offers low-cost commuter bicycles to the city’s less wealthy residents. These bikes come complete with a helmet, lock, pump, maps, and rain gear. virgin-vacations reported that, bicycle use grown four times over the last 20 years without any increase in crashes. However the city still has 38 miles of bike lanes left in order to achieve its master plan.

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Retirement: Best cities for retirement

Posted on June 25, 2012

By Caitlin Dewey, Chicago Tribune – Kiplinger’s Money Power, June 6, 2012.

To create our list of best cities for retirement, we started by screening for affordability. The cost-of-living index for retirees has to score near or below 100, the U.S. average. Top cities also must offer tax perks to retirees, such as exemptions on retirement income, and have lower state taxes per capita than $2,424, the national average. Because health and comfort level are key to a high quality of life, we made sure that these cities offer access to quality medical care.

Top cities were Birmingham, AL and Tucson, AZ to start off the list.

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The 10 Best Cities to Be a Pet

Posted on June 21, 2012

By Danielle Kurtzleben, USNews, May 23, 2012.

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Spending analysis suggests that Arizonans spoil their pets.

There are lists of the best cities for retirees, the best places to be single, and the most affordable cities, but no one seems to ask how the kittens feel.

However, spending data suggests that Arizona might be the best place. According to a recent analysis of transactions by spending analysis firm Bundle, Scottsdale, Ariz. is far and away the city with the highest average spending on pets, at $47.88 per month. The next city, Durham, N.C., is nearly ten dollars behind, at $38.13. Three other cities in Arizona also make the top 10: Tucson, Chandler, and Phoenix.

The analysis, which looked at the 100 most populous cities in the U.S., also finds that two cities in North Carolina, as well as cities in Texas, Virginia, Colorado, and Tennessee are among the biggest spenders on their pets.

Plenty of factors influence pet spending, particularly the type of pet in question. On average, basic expenses like food and medical care for a medium-sized dog run nearly $695 a year, on average, per American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals figures—and that’s not even counting costs for collars, crates, and spaying or neutering. According to the ASPCA, a cat is slightly less expensive, but still runs an owner $670 per year. Meanwhile, the average cost of caring for a fish, the cheapest pet the ASPCA lists, is $35.

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Portland is the Best City for Your Skin; Las Vegas is the Worst

Posted on June 21, 2012

Diets in Review.com

Our skin is the largest organ in our body, and yet, it’s one that we tend to neglect more than any other. Some more so than others. Today, Daily Glow announced its 55 Best and Worst Cities for Your Skin, and you may be surprised to see who makes which end of the list.

Your ZIP code can play as much a role in the health of your skin as your genes and sun exposure this summer. This is good news for people in Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, and Seattle, WA, the top three best cities for your skin. Daily Glow points out that skin health is determined by a variety of factors including the environment, genetics, and lifestyle. In those locations there is low pollution, low ozone rates, and minimal sun shine. In San Francisco, they have the least tanning beds per capita.

“One of the most surprising things we found was that cities in areas that are sunny actually have conditions that are good for your skin,” Dr. Jessica Wu told us. Dr. Wu is a dermatologist to the stars and works as Daily Glow’s Skin and Beauty advisor. She pointed out that Honolulu, Hawaii, which is number six on the list, is a great place for skin because of the low incidence of pollution and high levels of humidity.

There are 10 cities on the list deemed the Worst Cities for Your Skin, and it’s there where the environment and lifestyle are taking a toll on the residents’ skin. Las Vegas, Nev. was named the worst city, as it has the highest number of smokers in the entire country. Forth Worth, TX landed on the list for having the highest number of tanning beds per capita. And Tulsa, OK is the 10th worst because it has the highest number of skin cancer-related deaths.

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World’s best cities for architecture lovers

Posted on June 21, 2012
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Nowhere are Craftsman bungalows more prominent than in West Seattle, home to the landmarked Bloss House — pictured here — and in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood.

By Benita Hussain, Itineraries by MSNBC.com

These 14 cities — some iconic, others surprising — embody certain eras of architecture so much that they provide travelers with living, breathing (and free) design exhibits.

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RealAge.com suggests the 10 best cities for a happy marriage

Posted on June 21, 2012

By Harry Jackson, stltoday.com, June 20, 2012.

happymarriage RealAge.com suggests the 10 best cities for a happy marriageRealAge.com has posted a list of the 10 best cities for a happy marriage.

RealAge.com and its subscription service shows how health can make you older or younger than your years. It’s sponsored by Drs. Michael Roizen and Mehmet Oz, authors of the series of books that started with “You: The Owner’s Manual.” He’s the same Dr. Oz who has the television show.

Being happily married has some major health benefits, RealAge.com says. For example, in a happy marriage partners tend to keep each other in line, encouraging good behaviors and discouraging bad behaviors, such as, “Honey, you need to see the doctor,” or “Kissing you is like licking an ashtray,” or, “Stop smoking so you can be with me longer.”

Also, couples share emotional support through good and bad times, sickness and health, a health booster. And laughter together is “good for body and soul.”

RealAge.com found no consistent threads as to why cities had populations with more married people who stay married longer other than research through the U.S. Census Bureau. Cities on the list have good and bad economies, good and bad weather, good and poor health rankings, hot and cold climates, south vs. north vs. the Heartland … nothing to reveal a secret to marital bliss.

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