In late 2015, the Surgeon General of the United States issued a national call to action asking every person to walk 150 minutes a week, or roughly 20 minutes a day. We know the reasons why-walking every day decreases your likelihood of getting over 41 diseases, and every walk boosts your immune system for 24 hours. And you can get fit.

And here is the thing-our walkable cities, towns, places and spaces need help to make walking comfortable, convenient, interesting and fun. That is the reason that Walk Metro Vancouver  was formed following the Walk21 Vancouver 2011  conference.

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The  free webinar  sponsored by the Centre for Disease Control is on the America Walks site on May 12. It features the stories of two people that received micro grants to make their places more walkable, as well as the story of one of the towns deemed the most walkable in the USA.  This could provide inspiration on what you can do in your neighbourhood to increase and enhance visual interest, comfort and walkability.

 

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  1. As an interesting aside, a piece in today’s Washington Post shows housing price trends in the US since the 2008 recession. There is a correlation between dense, urban neighbourhoods and higher-than-average increases in housing prices. This doesn’t prove causation, but walkability and transit access are likely critical factors in an area’s desirability – and hence value. Something for a desperate graduate student to isolate and prove.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/business/wonk/housing/overview/?hpid=hp_hp-top-table-main_housing-divide%3Ahomepage%2Fstory

    Not that we need much assistance with boosting housing prices around here, but it’s just another way to consider the benefits of walkable urban neighbourhoods.

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