Mayoral spokesperson Tony Winnicker sent us this hot tip: Real Simple Magazine (which, apparently, still exists though my beloved Domino remains dead, unfair unfair unfair) has put together a list of the “21 Top Time-Saving Cities in America” and San Francisco’s #3.

In the press release they put together to announce this (sadly, it does not appear to be online), their methodology is explained — apparently, they “ranked each city from 1-5 on a scale based on various criteria” including:

Getting Around – Average length of commute, walkability, amount of traffic congestion, and airport punctuality rate.

Health and Safety – Average time spent waiting to see a doctor, number of doctors per capita, and emergency medical service response time.

Information and Technology – Access to broadband and wireless services, number of bookstores and libraries per capita, and 311 information services (i.e.: non-emergency hotlines that provide government information).

Green Time-Savers – Access to recycling programs, number of farmers’ markets and community gardens per capita, and amount of bicycle-friendly areas.

Lifestyle – Number of personal trainers and organizers per capita and takeout restaurants per capita.

Well! That explains it. CLEARLY whatever score we got given our glut of personal trainers (seriously, I could throw a rock and hit one RIGHT NOW) completely canceled out the surely abysmal “Getting Around” score we much have gotten.

Here’s the whole list, what do you think, agree, disagree?

1. Seattle, WA
2. Portland, OR
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Boston, MA
5. Minneapolis, MN
6. Denver, CO
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Pittsburgh, PA
9. Miami, FL
10. Atlanta, GA
11. Baltimore, MD
12. Philadelphia, PA
13. New York, NY
14. Chicago, IL
15. Austin, TX
16. Cleveland, OH
17. Dallas, TX
18. Los Angeles, CA
19. San Diego, CA
20. Houston, TX
21. Phoenix, AZ

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Eve Batey is the editor and publisher of the San Francisco Appeal. She used to be the San Francisco Chronicle's Deputy Managing Editor for Online, and started at the Chronicle as their blogging and interactive editor. Before that, she was a co-founding writer and the lead editor of SFist. She's been in the city since 1997, presently living in the Outer Sunset with her husband, cat, and dog. You can reach Eve at eve@sfappeal.com.

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  • Greg Dewar

    Ok the fact that Seattle is at the top of this indicates BS. Seattle is one of the worst cities for traffic in the country, often times on a par with Los Angeles. Even with the improvements of Sound Transit, it’s still one of the most difficult places to get around car or no car.

    As for SF, well the fact that Muni has demonstrably slowed down every year for the last several years is but one example – I don’t think Newsom’s press guy has ever ridden Muni, nor do I believe he even knows what Muni is.

  • Eve Batey

    Aw, Greg! So far, our experiences with Tony have been very good (both when he was with PUC and now with his new job with Gavin), and I believe he rides Muni to work on the regular. Let’s give him a chance!