In America’s urban centers and rural areas, walkability is becoming a hot topic. Both the public and public leaders are recognizing the way in which pedestrian-friendly policies and infrastructure can help spur economic…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 12, 2014 at 1:06pm — No Comments
The anthropologist David Raichlen and his team recently studied the movement patterns of one of the few remaining hunter/gatherer tribes, the Hazda tribe of Tanzania. They are still independent and subsist on hunting and gathering food by…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 14, 2014 at 4:38pm — No Comments
The New York Times's Travel Section interviewed Robert Macfarlane about his latest book in his trilogy of books on observing place, history and imagination. "The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot" is about walking the old trails that exist all over the world. They have connected people for centuries. In a way these trails were the…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on January 8, 2014 at 12:03pm — No Comments
The New York Times' writer James Barron recently wrote about a trek he took to Metlife Stadium. The walk was to see if anyone could get to the stadium by walking. The short answer appears to be no. According to the article, "The only way in will be through a security perimeter, and there will be nowhere to enter the security…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 30, 2013 at 12:45pm — No Comments
Today's New York Times Urban Athlete section reminds us that its OK to continue exercising even when it gets cold. While they spotlight interesting walks around NYC, there are plenty of other places too that are interesting and inviting all around us in the wintertime.
I know it's easy to cancel a walk when…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 20, 2013 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Exercise can be as effective as many frequently prescribed drugs in treating some of the leading causes of death. Research noted in a recent BMJ article compared how well various drugs and exercise succeed in reducing deaths among people who have been diagnosed with several common and serious conditions, including heart disease and…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 11, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
The National Walkers’ Health Study, a large database of information have been tracking thousands of middle-age men and women who walk regularly for exercise. Among their findings is that walking is the most popular physical activity in America.
Exercise guidelines generally suggest that for health purposes, people should…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 4, 2013 at 4:30pm — No Comments
"We congregated at zero dark thirty on Teddy Roosevelt Island — right in front of the monument,...The route was to start on TR…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on November 26, 2013 at 4:22pm — No Comments
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