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Group Finds New York City Is Number One For Walking

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People walk past the New York Stock Exchange - New York, NY (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

People walk past the New York Stock Exchange – New York, NY (file / credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -Despite its urban obstacles, the Big Apple is the best spot in the country to walk, according to Walk Score, a group that promotes making cities more walkable.

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Stephen Meany, visiting from London with his wife Sean, have walked seven miles a day since arriving in New York City about seven days ago. 

On Tuesday, they walked to the World Trade Center and back from their hotel near Central Park.

Meany says he likes the ease of getting around on foot but his wife dislikes the frequent stops at the traffic lights.

A man from New Orleans says there is so much to see and do when you’re on foot.

“The smallest, most rudimentary map will get you anywhere you need to go,” he says.

A woman from the suburbs says, “The people are fascinating. The traffic is awful. The shopping is good.”

Walk Score says New York City ranks number one because there is so much in such a compact area.

Walk Score also found that people who live in walkable cities weigh six to ten pounds less than those who live in areas where cars are necessary to get around.

The rest of the top ten most walkable cities in the U.S. are, in order, San Francisco, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia, Seattle, Washington, Miami, Minneapolis, and Oakland.

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