Sprawling Memphis Aims To Be A Friendlier Place For Cyclists

English: Memphis, Tennessee skyline from the a...

English: Memphis, Tennessee skyline from the air. A photograph by myself while in Memphis] (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

MEMPHIS — John Jordan, a 64-year-old condo appraiser here, has been pedaling his cruiser bicycle around town nearly every day, tooling about at lunchtime or zipping to downtown appointments.

“It’s my cholesterol-lowering device,” said Mr. Jordan, clad in a leather vest and wearing a bright white beard. “The problem is, the city needs to educate motorists to not run over” the bicyclists.

Bike-friendly behavior has never come naturally to Memphis, which has long been among the country’s most perilous places for cyclists.  In recent years, though, riders have taken to the streets like never before, spurred by a mayor who has worked to change the way residents think about commuting.

Mayor A. C. Wharton Jr., elected in 2009, assumed office a year after Bicycling magazine named Memphis one of the worst cities in America for cyclists, not the first time the city had received such a biking dishonor.  But Mr. Wharton spied an opportunity.

Read more:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/12/29/us/memphis-aims-to-be-a-friendlier-place-for-cyclists.html?ref=us

Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Metropolitan Area Ranks Second Highest In Nation For Smokers

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According to The Daily Beast, a news website, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Metro Area has the second highest percentage of smokers in the United States.  23.5% of area residents smoke 16.8 cigarettes a day.  One pack contains twenty cigarettes. 

Only Tulsa, Oklahoma has a higher percentage of smokers than Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.  Memphis, Tennessee ranked third.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ranked 14th.  No other Pennsylvania metropolitan areas made the top 30.

To see the full story and the Top 30 list, click here:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-01-03/30-cities-with-worst-smoking-problems-from-memphis-to-honolulu/