A lead-in to the Walk 21 conference coming up in October.
THE WORST PLACE TO WALK
From the New York Times:
It is no wonder that four Florida metropolitan areas, led by the Orlando region, ranked as the most dangerous places to walk in the country, according to a recent surveyby Transportation for America, a nonprofit safety advocacy organization.
“So much of Florida has been built up so quickly in that era of the automobile-oriented design; it’s this sort of the boomer phenomenon,” said David Goldberg, communications director for the organization. “The tendency there has been to build the big wide arterials; you have these long superblocks and you can get up to a good speed.”
Any nominees for a Canadian equivalent? I’m thinking the 905 Belt in northern Toronto.
PEDESTRIANS BY DESIGN
An essay by Gosia Kung:
Through evolution humans became pedestrians. The scientists study the connection between “feet and head” and how the development of people as walkers and runners effected the development of our brains. We all know this feeling, when we pace around the room in search for a solution to a problem or go for a walk to ‘clear our head’. The connection between the brain and the feet is clear.
Earlier this year, a woman from Pennsylvania became a YouTube hit after she was caught on security cameras falling into a water feature inside a shopping mall. …
But it would now appear that Pennsylvania is determined to put an end to such walking-texting (wexting?) accidents.
As part of a wider programme called “Give Respect, Get Respect”, the good burghers of Philadelphia are cracking down on “distracted drivers, cyclists and pedestrians” by issuing more tickets. Mayor Nutter has denied reports this week that anyone caught walking and texting will be fined $120 (£85), but admitted that violators are now being “reminded to be more aware of their surroundings”.
In Rexburg, Idaho, fines are already a reality. Since May, anyone found walking across a street while texting is subject to a $50 fine. Students in the college town seemed supportive of the law, when quizzed by journalists. One remarked: “I think it’s a good rule so we don’t get hit by cars.”