Study: Minneapolis tops Midwest cities with most green commuters

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It's easy being green, at least when it comes to commuters in Minneapolis

A new study released by Homeowners Insurance says Minneapolis is the top city in the Midwest when it comes to developing and promoting green commuting practices.

The company made the determination after studying 13 cities. The slots were determined by percentage of commuters who walk, ride public transit, bike and carpool; the number of "pleasant days" between the temperatures of 55 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit without significant precipitation and snow depth; and air quality based on the rankings of the median Environmental Protection Agency Air Quality Index for each city.

According to Homeowners, 32.5 percent of the residents are "green commuters." Of them, 13.8 percent take public transportation, while 8.1 percent carpool, 4.1 percent bike and 6.5 percent walk to work.

Coming in second behind Minneapolis was Madison, Wisconsin, with 31.8 percent green commuters, followed by Cleveland, Ohio, with 26.23 percent; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with 26.15 percent; and Dayton, Ohio, with 25.34 percent.

St. Paul was No. 6 in the rankings, with a green commuting ratio of 24.77 percent. Of those green commuters, 8.5 percent take public transportation, while 10.69 percent carpool. In addition, 1.14 percent of the city bikes to work, while 4.4. percent walk.

Rounding out the top 10 in the rankings are Grand Rapids, Michigan; Des Moines, Iowa; Omaha, Nebraska; and Toledo, Ohio.

Homeowners' praise of Minneapolis' green commuting practices comes about a month before the opening of the Green Line central corridor light rail transit system between Minneapolis and St. Paul.

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