Boston, Day 2

Thank heaven we had a GPS.

America’s Most Challenging Cities to Navigate

Getting to know a city is a big job, but getting through a city shouldn’t be. Unfortunately, some of America’s metropolitan areas present a navigational challenge for even the most intelligent, savvy drivers. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by “Best Places to Live” expert, Bert Sperling, Boston is America’s “most challenging city to navigate”, followed closely by Washington D.C. (2), San Francisco (3), Baltimore (4) and New York (5)*.
Following the national launch of Avis Assist, a mobile phone-based navigation system powered by Motorola’s VIAMOTO software, Avis Rent A Car and Motorola teamed up with the city study specialists at Sperling’s Best Places to analyze how difficult America’s largest 75 cities are to navigate. Many popular business travel destinations ranked high on the roster, including Los Angeles (7), Seattle (8), Chicago (12) and Orlando (15), while other business travel hot spots such as Salt Lake City (61), San Antonio (64) and Las Vegas (65) were dubbed “driver-friendly.”

Sperling evaluated the nation’s top metro areas according to the following criteria:

-- street layouts (grids, diagonals, windiness, one-way streets); 

— overall design and layout (how spread out the market is);
— travel time index; — percent of congested freeway and street lane miles;
— bodies of water (rivers, lakes, oceans, bridges);
— complexity of directions needed to travel from major airports to city center;
— annual delay per person (person hours);
— days of snow exceeding one-and-one-half inches; and
— days of rain exceeding half an inch

Bert Sperling’s Top 10 Most Difficult Cities to Navigate

1. Boston, MA
2. Washington, DC
3. San Francisco, CA
4. Baltimore, MD
5. New York, NY-Northeastern NJ
6. Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood-Pompano Beach, FL
7. Los Angeles, CA
8. Seattle-Everett, WA
9. Providence, Pawtucket RI-MA
10. Norfolk-Newport News-Virginia Beach, VA

Additional Consumer Survey Findings — When it comes to asking for directions, the age-old gender divide still holds true. 64 percent of women report that they are the ones who have to stop and ask for directions compared to 41 percent of men. — 68 percent of Americans agree that getting lost causes tension with other passengers in the car. — Women (71%) are more likely then men (56%) to feel stressed when they don’t know where they are.

I feel a bit too tired to relate our driving mishaps, but they were realy quite amusing. More to come…

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