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
Following the popularity of the Walk Score idea of rating a town based on pedestrian amenities, a new mobile and desktop app was recently released to rate more details. Where Walk Score can rate a community, Walkonomics uses a rating…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on February 21, 2013 at 9:30pm — No Comments
There's something special in exploring our communities by foot. Maybe they are a little more casual in the way they meander about in New York City, but seems to me they come up with the same conclusions as we FreeWalkers have learned about walking together and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 25, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments
Here's an interesting article about Lancaster, California which has suffered economic downturns but in 2008 created a "Form-based code" that zoned a devastated downtown for promoting pedestrian traffic and businesses. Now, downtown is called "THE BLVD".
The program has been a success and now town is converting to a 100% solar powered city.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 4, 2013 at 3:22pm — No Comments
Do pedestrian walking speeds indicate a city's economic activity? It turns out there's a rather long history of research into the speed of walking in cities, and that the evidence suggests a strong connection between fleetness of foot and fatness of wallet.
For years a theory was held that the size and density of the population led to a "social…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 18, 2012 at 1:30pm — No Comments
"Marchetti's Constant" is a rule applied to transportation issues. The mean amount of time people all over the world spend in everyday transit is about an hour. Based on research by Cesare Marchetti, he found that…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 16, 2012 at 12:41pm — No Comments
Kids have a greater chance of being fatally injured by a car on Halloween than any other day of the year. State Farm®, the nation's leading auto insurer, teamed up with research…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 23, 2012 at 8:07pm — No Comments
Companies and research labs are working on wearable robots made to help disabled people or to make the human body superhuman. Suits for the disabled are now used in rehabilitation centers, but a day may come when they will let people take to the sidewalks, the shopping malls — and maybe…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 14, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
Groups such as Elastic City in NYC recently presented a 10…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 12, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments
It seems that we need to create a message that exercise provides more immediate results that motivate us individually. Instead of promising results in months and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 31, 2012 at 2:50pm — No Comments
Italian racewalking champion Alex Schwazer admitted to taking performance enhancing drugs in the run-up to the London Olympics, a potentially career-ending move that led to his exclusion from the Games.
At his first news…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 30, 2012 at 9:18pm — No Comments
This April 2012 NJ.com article tells of the grand walkway that is now available for walking. An awkward section between Hoboken and Weehawkin was completed and continues the walkway all along the Hudson. There's now miles of beautiful breathtaking walking for all to enjoy. Why not see it yourself on…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 29, 2012 at 8:29pm — No Comments
While FreeWalker walks are known more for their mix of environments, they always include a good portion of Mother Nature. Here's an article on a study that just makes sense. Allergies appear more common in environments that are compromised or limited. Not having enough contact with the natural environment is one reason more city dwellers are developing allergies and asthma. That is,…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 9, 2012 at 12:10pm — No Comments
Now here's an interesting concept. How about pedestrian/cyclist only bridges spanning Manhattan. What about charging each cyclist a toll of $.50 each way to help support the projects. This is the brain-child of the famous transportation genius, Sam Schwartz, aka ‘Gridlock Sam.’
This is no joke. Sam sees a recent downturn in four-wheel…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 27, 2012 at 9:54pm — No Comments
Here's an interesting case of a really serious walker. Matt Green, after walking across the country, is now dedicating his waking hours to walking every block of NYC, an estimated 8,000 miles! He's out everyday walking a different section and logging his travels.
He starts walking between 10 a.m. and noon and keeps going until the sun goes…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 27, 2012 at 11:42am — No Comments
Nature Valley, the folks that bring you granola bars and more, now offer a virtual walk along trails in our National Parks. Check out the interactive website http://www.naturevalleytrailview.com/ where you can pick, for example, the Grand Canyon and see…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 8, 2012 at 11:46am — No Comments
Erin Taylor-Talcott recently achieved a qualifying time for the 2012 Olympic trials in the 50-kilometer racewalk. But there's little room left after that.
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 17, 2011 at 1:37pm — No Comments
The author of this article argues that pedestrians have lost the battle of the streets over the years.
The sidewalks and the roadbed — sidewalks were not pedestrian cattle pens, but off-limits zones for vehicles. But that changed over time with the advent of trolleys, bicycles and then cars…
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 17, 2011 at 12:39pm — No Comments
The New York Times posted this front page article on the dangers of pedestrian foot traffic in Florida. Over recent years as highways and strip malls have been built, little attention has been paid to people who need to navigate across them, such as to get to a bus stop on the other side. Four Florida metropolitan areas are ranked as the most dangerous places to…Continue