San Francisco Knows How To Move It
Maybe it’s San Francisco’s temperate climate, maybe it’s that our gorgeous topography attracts a particular type of person, or maybe it’s the fact that we’re always running for the bus. Whatever the reason, we’re proud that SF has been named the second most active city in the country by this month’s Men’s Health magazine – a laurel on our sweat-stained, sun-tanned crowns.
Civic Investments That Pay Off
Although we spend a lot of time at Reset thinking about what city government can do better, we also give credit where credit is due. One of the reasons San Francisco does so well in this category (coming in second only to Seattle) is because our civic leaders are engaged in some very forward-thinking policy. Renovating Chrissy Field, investing twice in the past ten years into renovating parks, building neighborhood park capacity, funding bike lanes, and starting to at least think about how to make San Francisco more walkable – all required an upfront investment.
Public Health Priorities for San Francisco
On any given morning you can see people running along the Embarcadero, biking through town and surfing at Ocean Beach. A few brave souls, members of the storied Dolphin Club, even take a daily swim in the Bay.
All of this doesn’t just happen – just ask the citizens of Lexington, Kentucky. City government has to make maintaining parks, keeping streets walkable, clearing beaches, laying down paint for bike lanes and building recreation areas a priority. In short, they have to break down the barriers to a healthy lifestyle and enable their citizens to be active.
An active lifestyle means less disease, longer lifespans and lower medical bills – that means more time and money to spend enjoying yourself in the most beautiful city in America.
Sorry, Seattle – you’re not even a distant second on that one.