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
Added by Paul Kiczek on August 28, 2012 at 10:21pm — No Comments
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
What if the city built a huge public park in the heart of Midtown, stretching half a mile over seven city blocks? As Midtown began to creep West toward Times Square in the 1970s, a quirk in the zoning between Sixth and Seventh Avenues led to a string of towers in the middle of the block, all with public…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on April 6, 2012 at 2:56pm — 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
We completed the first semi-organized event of 2012 with a 12-mile walk from Trenton to Princeton this past Sunday, Mar 25th. With a moderate temperature but a threat of rain we had 21 walkers and one canine (Briggs Roe) show up for what proved to be an excellent day for a pretty long…Continue
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
Volvo, the car manufacturer known for its advanced safety, is actually coming out with this air bag designed to minimize pedestrian injury if hit by a car. Looks pretty wierd to me and won't be helping save your bottom half. Opinions are all over the place on whether this is great or a terrible idea.…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 15, 2012 at 9:22pm — No Comments
Route 22 was the most dangerous road in Somerset County for pedestrians during the last three years of data tabulated by a tri-state group that analyzes federal traffic fatality data. Five of nine pedestrians killed in the county between 2008 and 2010 were struck by vehicles while walking…Continue
Added by Paul Kiczek on March 13, 2012 at 9:02pm — 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 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