Just want to pass on a precautionary note to all my fellow walkers. Since I was not able to complete the entire Lenape walk, I have been going on smaller sections to complete the 34 miles. I started my leg at the Mountain Avenue train station walking towards Penn Station. It was still daylight. I was on the East Coast Greenway about 2 miles from reaching Penn Station when I was attacked by 3 youths. I was fortunate that nothing was broken or severely injured. The back pack helped shield…Continue
Physical activity, and in particular walking, can substantially reduce a woman’s risk of developing breast cancer, encouraging new science shows, in part, it seems, by changing how her body deals with estrogen.
Evidence has been accumulating for some time that exercise reduces the risk of many types of cancer, including breast malignancies. In…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 9, 2013 at 4:47pm — No Comments
Interesting article on how one city walker sees things. Over the past four years, William Helmreich, a sixty-seven-year-old professor of sociology at CUNY, has walked almost every street in New York City: a hundred and twenty thousand blocks, or about six thousand miles. He’s written a book about the effort called “…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 7, 2013 at 5:18pm — No Comments
Neither swimming nor cycling is especially good for bones — at least, not the ones most susceptible to fracture. That’s what researchers have found when they measured bone mineral density in young athletes who swim or cycle, and even in some who run. They respond better to exercise that involves forceful muscle…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:25am — No Comments
Four of the five top-ranked female distance race walkers in the world are from Saransk, 320 miles southeast of Moscow. Recently, up to 9 of the top 12 female 20-kilometer race walkers were from here until the Chinese started seeing an opportunity to take away some medals and glory in time for the upcoming Olympics.
Today, in International Association of…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2013 at 11:00am — No Comments
The old port town of Highlands, NJ at the base of Sandy Hook is low lying and took a beating when the Raritan Bay surged during Hurricane Sandy. Town officials are considering a nearly $200 million project to lift the entire downtown 11 feet above its current elevation. In their vision, not only would every residential or commercial front door go up at least 10…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 13, 2013 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Delaware has seen a spike in pedestrian injuries and deaths in recent years. Soon, officers will be patrolling areas with high risk for pedestrian-involved crashes, looking for pedestrians who are at risk. Those risk factors include not crossing at a crosswalk or signaled intersection, walking at night without reflective clothing or flashlight, or walking while…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 24, 2013 at 12:00pm — No Comments
There's a lot of FreeWalker spirit in Edie Sundby's video and story.
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments
Mayor Bloomberg has his eye on one more idea before his term comes to an end to help make NYC a healthy city. The idea is to make the staircase a more prominent part in the design of a new building or retrofitting an old staircase to ensure that it stays open, clean and well lighted. The idea is to remind people that there is an option to using the…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 19, 2013 at 12:01pm — No Comments
On May 23rd this year, another 50-mile walk took place in honor of John F. Kennedy, as it has for many years. This one did not take place in the U.S. but in Ireland. FreeWalker, Jim Magner, who lives in the D.C. area, could not make our 50-Mile Kennedy Walk in February and instead chose to walk this with hundreds others along the beautiful countryside. Here's his account…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 16, 2013 at 8:45pm — No Comments
What do you do when in a country where highs top 100 degrees Fahrenheit for six months of the year and getting anyone to go out and walk, let alone do outdoor sports, is a lost cause. In the country of Qatar, said to be first-richest in the world and sixth-fattest,…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 8, 2013 at 10:21am — No Comments
The WalkNYC initiative is a program that will bring comprehensive pedestrian maps to all five boroughs. In a city where an estimated 30 percent of all trips are made by foot. A special design group created an information-packed map to help orient and direct pedestrians to other interesting areas in the city.
The first of these new information…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 2, 2013 at 3:28pm — No Comments
In three small cities in the region, Maitland, Winter Park and Eatonville, city officials have initiated a series of morning walks. The walks are popular with residents trying to improve their health. The community walks were launched in 2011 by Eatonville Mayor Bruce Mount. He says he was moved to…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 2, 2013 at 2:06pm — No Comments
Here's an interesting article summarizing some findings when comparing what is a better form of exercise. There are clear winners in some situations but the best take on this is that both forms of exercise show substantial value in maintaining health.
Running seems to have a clear advantage in bringing…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 30, 2013 at 4:38pm — No Comments
"...in Britain, there is a disposition toward walking. The land is crisscrossed with trails that connect villages, and every day, no matter…Continue
On March 30th I was privileged to complete my fourth Holland 50 Mile Kennedy March, this time representing the FreeWalkers. Five such walks in different locations qualify one to be a Master Kennedy Walker. I had hoped to take a free military flight from either Andrews Air Force Base or Baltimore -Washington International. Due to last minute commitments, however, I boarded a commercial flight bound for Amsterdam. Just comfortably enough ensconced in an economy aisle seat to stretch…Continue
But, there are an unlimited number of places to walk, some more famous than others. Last week, the New York Times published "Europe, in 9 Walks" a…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 24, 2013 at 1:11pm — No Comments
A crosswalk sting has been set up so a plain clothes cop approaches a crosswalk. If the driver fails to slow to allow the cop to another vehicle ahead pulls the car over and issues a summons.
This town has a history of pedestrian enforcement problems in the past…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 8, 2013 at 10:30am — No Comments
Need to organized a few walks on The Liberty Water Gap Trail.