1. San Francisco
Walk Score: 84.9
Transit Score: 80
Bike Score: 70
San Francisco's layout is so easy to navigate without a car simply because the city's planners have had little use for them. Cars weren't around when it was incorporated in 1850 or when it was rebuilt after the 1906 earthquake. While the rest of the country was soaking up drive-ins, drive-thrus and gas during the 1950s, San Francisco protesters were busy stopping freeways from running through town. Seventeen of its neighborhoods rank among the most walkable in the country, while most of those that aren't are accessible via Bay Area Rapid Transit or the San Francisco Municipal Railway. Plus, when you're so close to Berkeley, some of the bike culture just tends to rub off.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Boston.
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