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FinanceBuzz recently released their list naming which U.S. cities are most focused on the future. Despite the city’s pollution problem, Los Angeles still managed to come in at no. 14 on the list based on its carbon footprint and partly on its bike score.
As the publication noted, some cities are adapting more easily than others in an ever evolving world. “Cities that take proactive steps in the present will have the easiest time of all [in the future],” they wrote. Because of this, they set out to find which U.S. cities are best and worst when it comes to this kind of forward-thinking.
Their results showed that both coasts are littered with high-scoring cities. When people think of “future-focused cities,” San Francisco and its neighboring Silicon Valley strongholds pop to mind for many, and they’d be right — the Bay Area city snagged the top spot. In addition to Los Angeles, other California cities that finished in the top 15 include San Diego (no. 4), San Jose (no. 9), and Sacramento (no. 11).
They collected data and statistics for each factor for 50 of the U.S’s biggest cities, then compared the cities to one another. The cities were evaluated according to eight different metrics relating to sustainability, environmental friendliness, and citizen-focused infrastructure. These factors included:
The other five were:
San Francisco is the only city to earn perfect scores in multiple categories. Los Angeles, for its part, was the highest-ranking city that also scored a However, strong performances in the B Corporation, EV charging station availability, and carbon footprint categories helped overcome that 0.0. And though it scored a 2.1 for bike score, it didn’t lag too far behind San Jose’s 2.5.
According to the PeopleForBikes City Ratings, Santa Monica is the highest rated SoCal city with a score of 52. Los Angeles came in at a lowly 33, tied with San Diego, Westlake Village, and Thousand Oaks. And trailing only one point behind them was Long Beach. Moreover, Berkeley topped the list for medium cities.
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2018 California was the second state with the most pedalcyclist deaths in the country. And in 2017, the city of Los Angeles experienced a total of 1,918 bicycle accidents that resulted in 17 fatalities, according to the California Highway Patrol’s Annual Report.