Starting out in 1953, Mildred Norman changed her name to "Peace Pilgrim" and began a walk that only ended at her death 28 years later in 1981. She walked across America many times and much of Canada. By 1964, she estimated she had walked 25,000 miles and then stopped counting. People took notice.
She gave new meaning to the word minimalist,…Continue
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
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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
If you've walked HudsonLoop30 or the Hudson River Walkway in Edgewater, a few miles from the GWB, there's a good chance if you looked up in the trees you would see a double-take sight - Parrots flying around and in huge nests in trees.
It turns out these are Monk parrots, the only breed of 358 parrots that can survive and thrive the harsh New Jersey winters. They do this by…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on December 6, 2012 at 8:30pm — 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
In fact, every single hour of television watched after the age of 25 reduces the viewer’s life…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 23, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments
Did you know that there is an International Walk to School Day? It just occurred Oct 3rd and there was local participation in our nearby towns. Kids from the Montclair Cooperative School celebrated with students and parents marching up the sidewalks to school and will continue walking and biking throughout the month of “WALK-tober”. …Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on October 5, 2012 at 2:25pm — No Comments
There's an annual 13-mile walk in New York City from Union Square to JFK Airport headed by Andy Maskin, a Gramercy Park resident started on a gratingly beautiful day in 2004. He was inside; he…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 18, 2012 at 11:07am — No Comments
An old railroad corridor has now officially been transformed into the Middlesex Greenway. The Middlesex Greenway evolved by converting the abandoned Lehigh Valley Railroad into a 3.5-mile linear County Park Trail from Crows Mill Road in…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on September 17, 2012 at 9:52pm — 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
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I along with FreeWalkers David Asher and Corey Storch attended a ribbon cutting ceremony with DOT officials and Mayor Healy (shown here) last Friday to celebrate the improvements between Newark and Jersey City - sometimes known as no-man's land or as we like to call it, "Intersection Hell"…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 25, 2012 at 10:11pm — No Comments
The College of Sports Medicine in San Francisco recently reported that in a large study of adults over a 30 year span, those that reported that they ran for exercise had about a 19% lower death rate than non-runners.
But, more interesting was that…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on June 13, 2012 at 5:08pm — 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
"Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer Tom Vanderbilt.
Talking with Morning Edition co-host Steve Inskeep about what is wrong with Americans' relationship with walking, Vanderbilt says, "The main thing…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 20, 2012 at 11:06am — No Comments