A pedestrian-friendly, mid-block crosswalk in National City. Courtesy Circulate San Diego
A pedestrian-friendly, mid-block crosswalk in National City. Courtesy Circulate San Diego

National City was ranked the best place for walking in San Diego in 2015, edging out wealthier coastal communities like Coronado and Del Mar.

The nonprofit advocacy group Circulate San Diego released it’s annual Regional Walk Scorecard on Thursday, providing a detailed assessment of walkability in 18 cities across San Diego County.

National City ranked highest on the list, according to the group, because it is doing more than most cities to provide pedestrian-friendly infrastructure and keep families informed of walking safety. In part, that’s because of walking accidents.

“National City has the highest pedestrian collision rate in the region but has consistently taken steps to improve safety,” the scorecard noted. “This city’s work provides a model for other cities in the region.”

Here’s how Circulate San Diego ranked the top 10 cities:

  1. National City
  2. Solana Beach
  3. Encinitas
  4. La Mesa
  5. Imperial Beach
  6. Carlsbad
  7. Coronado
  8. San Diego
  9. Del Mar
  10. Chula Vista

Circulate San Diego said the cities that scored lowest — El Cajon, San Marcos and Lemon Grove — are implementing many of the same projects and policies, but “the work of other cities is simply outpacing them.

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.