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 Lenape Park section of the East Coast Greenway in Cranford has been opened. Big Walk walkers will remember that after Nomehegan Park came Kenilworth Boulevard and street walking for a mile or so. Now, we will cross the street and head into the park on a brand new…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 26, 2011 at 10:43am — No Comments
It’s a good thing that we are biologically programmed to forget painful experiences. But what about exhausting or uncomfortable ones? You conveniently forget how much work goes into a tough walk. Or, at least that was my thought as the three of us finally finished out LENAPE34 walk, fully exhausted, at North Broad Street Station in Newark after 10:00 p.m. – 15 hours of nearly non-stop walking. Five other walkers had already made the entire…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 14, 2011 at 4:05pm — No Comments
I woke to the alarm at 4:45 wondering about the weather. I’m sure I heard rain but I knew, based upon conditions the whole week, that there was no easy way to call this day. Rain was in the forecast, but it looked more like off and on showers. So, there was no good reason for cancelling. There were about 40+ walkers confirmed, although I knew that was not going to be our final count on a day like today.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 5, 2011 at 10:55pm — No Comments
This 5+-mile segment is actually the same beginning trail for the L34 and represents an immediate challenge as you ascend South Mountain for a couple hundred feet right from the start. At a little after 9:00 a.m. on Sep 25th the trail was quiet for most of the way. Between Risa Olinsky, Nadeem Firoz and myself we had enough collective experienced to remember the route, although the trail blaze markers looked like they were in good shape from last…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 4, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Say it aint so. But then again if you've spent some time walking in NYC you know that there's danger lurking by some on 2 wheels. As an avid cyclist AND pedestrian I guess I'm really split on this one. Anyway, here's an interesting article that points out there are significant pedestrian risks posed by some careless…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 20, 2011 at 9:28pm — No Comments
Credit those dedicated Harsimus Embankment volunteers, who have provided FreeWalkers with refreshing breaks for us on our two 50-mile Big Walks, and the Rails-to-Trails organization. The Embankment, the Jersey City version of the…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 14, 2011 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Chicago's new pedestrian planning effort is part of a general shift in how in cities think about getting around. The city will generally favor pedestrian and biking forms of transportation. Chicago claims to be a city is in tune with what's happening nationally.Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 1, 2011 at 3:42pm — No Comments
According to the National Complete Streets Coalition, New York street planning will now factor in a variety of street users including pedestrians and cyclists - not just motorized vehicles.
"Governor Andrew M. Cuomo…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 17, 2011 at 1:50pm — No Comments
It was a major victory for cyclists and pedestrians as a judge dismissed an effort by Brooklyn residents to remove a hotly contested bicycle lane installed by the city on Prospect Park West, One of the first and major bike lanes slows traffic in a wealthy area. This particular spot has been the battlefront…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 17, 2011 at 11:52am — 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
Here's an interesting article from the Atlantic on the classic surfer movie,…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 11, 2011 at 12:47pm — No Comments
I've had an idea brewing for a few months about a new walk in a different part of New Jersey. Its not that there's a shortage of ideas for walks, but as the weather warmed I started thinking about the New Jersey shore. My family usually spends a week at the beach and there's always plenty of good memories of those times. Usually, we find ourselves heading further south to Long Beach Island, but I've got plenty of fond memories of "the Shore" closer to home too.…Continue
We completed our longest and most challenging walk on Saturday, May 21st (NJ2NY50 The Big Walk) 50-miles from Metropark to New York City.
Thanks to all who made this event a great one - including our 60 or so participants (BIG CONGRATS TO…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on July 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — No Comments
Next big thing for the Big Apple is for pedestrians. The city is testing helpful signs to aid - not only tourists - but New Yorkers too. Seems even true New Yorkers get lost easily in different areas of the city - although they'll rarely admit it. Chalk another up to our pedestrian side vs the automobile. The tide is turning.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 28, 2011 at 2:22pm — No Comments
After a week of steady rain we were owed one clear sunny day. And it looked like we had it, as we gathered in front of Metopark Station at 6:00 a.m. for what we hoped would be a repeat of last year’s “The Big Walk”. The sun was rising and there didn’t appear to be a cloud in the sky.
The crowd reminded me of…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on May 26, 2011 at 10:00pm — No Comments
Although we only skirted the edge of Hoboken last year, David Loutzenheiser, passed on this news item that Hoboken had recently won a Gold-level for Walk Friendly Communities. A tip of the hat to our NJ community and New York City neighbor. As anyone who has been through there lately, its a great place to walk but a sorry place to park a car.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 27, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments
It was cold and damp enough at 8:15 a.m. when I joined our large group gathering in the New Brunswick train station. I and maybe 10 other FreeWalkers had come off the train from Metropark where we had parked. The station provided some indoor shelter with a Dunkin Donuts and bathrooms within.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 21, 2011 at 11:30pm — No Comments