Thursday, February 11, 2010

Most liveable city in the world - cycle wise?


If you are into rankings, the local newspaper reported that Perth, Australia got voted the top 8th most liveable city in the world, according to the Economist. Most of the top 10th cities came from Canada (Yo, Vik!) and Australia. This is based on -

"30 indicators of relative comfort in five broad categories: stability, healthcare, culture and environment, education and infrastructure."

Not bad I reckon for a small city of less than 2 million located in the remote Western desert of Australia. While I can definitely agree that Vancouver (Ranked No. 1) is a really cool place to live, having been there several times, Perth, if measured in terms of cycling, can probably be in the top 5. Flat terrain, mild climate, scenic rides by rivers, sea, vineyards as well as excellent dedicated cycle tracks make this small city a cyclist's little utopia.
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I dare say Perth aces Sydney (too hilly) and Melbourne (too many people). I'm curious to know if you think your city is tops in cycling, or not. In Singapore, the Park Connectors are great but cycling along public roads can be harrowing, with heavy traffic plus hot, humid weather.

Therefore, coming in 8th is truly a respectable position. And speaking of number 8, this is most appropriate for the coming Lunar New Year as in Chinese, it sounds like prosperity. For all of you who celebrate the Year of Tiger, I like to wish you a very blessed Lunar New Year!

“From the dew of heaven and the richness of the earth, may God always give you abundant harvests of grain and bountiful new wine." Genesis 27:28

3 comments:

Michael Khor said...

I truly do envy you Al :D

Oldyonfoldy said...

Mike, you are most welcome to come and visit anytime! No need to bring yr bike :)

Vik said...

Sweet....Calgary is #5....=-)