Vancouver, BC Wins Best Walking City in Canada 2008


    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 at the Italian Gardens 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. Stephen will be available to
interview and answer any questions about the campaign or overall foot health.