Best and worst cities for the outdoorsy type

Spring is in full swing and campers, hikers, hunters, mountain bikers and fishermen are taking to the woods. As this time is perfect for outdoorsy types, it’s helpful to know where to go for these types of activities.

A recent article from Outside Magazine helped answer that exact question, investigating 50 of the most populous cities across the country and looking for six that are all wrong for the woodsman. So what did the magazine consider when looking into outdoor-friendly cities?

“First, a few tangible factors have to be taken into account, such as a lack of green space, poor access to parks and little to no municipal investment in recreation,” the article stated. “Then there are the intangibles to consider. Is the vibe hostile, or at least ambivalent, enough to the environment? Is there a sufficient enough absence of gear shops and outfitters?”

The magazine took into data from the Trust for Public Land Park Score Index as well as Siemens Green City Index. It also investigated what it calls “our own revealing, statistic: the number bike shops per person within the city limits.”

Portland, Ore. – one of America’s most outdoor- and bike-friendly cities – has one bike shop for every 6,500 people, while the six least outdoorsy cities in America ranged from one bike shop for every 21,000 to 87,000 residents, the measure becomes revealing as a trend of places cyclists might want to avoid.

Here’s the list of the six worst cities for the outdoorsy type:

  1. Dallas
  2. Detroit
  3. Memphis, Tenn.
  4. Charlotte, N.C.
  5. Fresno, Calif.
  6. Cleveland

So what makes Dallas such an atrocious place to live for someone who loves the outdoors? According to the magazine, only half of residents are within walking distance of the city’s parks. Not to mention, the city’s lacking public transit system and few bike lanes cause residents to drive almost everywhere. It is also noted that the one large park that does exist, the Mountain Creek Lake reservoir, prohibits people from eating the bass or catfish caught there because of fears of PCB contamination.

Dallas also has one bike shop for every 59,000 people, according to the data. Those in Fresno likely have the least luck when it comes to getting their bike tuned up, as there is only one bike shop for every 87,000 residents.

Best cities for the outdoorsy type
Enough with the places to avoid. Mother Nature Network has highlighted 15 cities where the outdoorsy type will flourish. Whether it’s because of a short distance to a snow cap mountain or an abundance of hiking trails, these cities stand above the rest when it comes to activities to take advantage of outside.

Here’s the list, in no specific order:

  • Portland, Ore.
  • Jackson Hole, Wyo.
  • Burlington, Vt.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Seattle
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Bend, Ore.
  • Rapid City, S.D.
  • Portland, Maine
  • Bozeman, Mont.

These cities all have their own benefits when it comes to outdoor activities. Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Jackson Hole is right next the Grand Teton National Park and is just a short distance to Yellowstone National Park.

Ideal gear for the outdoors
Because it is a popular time to purchase outdoor gear, those heading up a mountain or planning a fishing trip are encouraged to secure their items with car roof racks or aluminum truck boxes.

When it comes to keep anything safe out in the wilderness, durable products are the ideal solution. And as the same suggests, Tuffy Security will get the job done.

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