"Americans now walk the least of any industrialized nation in the world," says writer Tom Vanderbilt. To find out why that is, Vanderbilt has been exploring how towns are built, how Americans view walking and what might be done to get them moving around on their own two feet.http://www.wnyc.org/npr_articles/2012/apr/16/americans-do-not-walk-the-walk-and-thats-a-growing-problem/
Just read this article, thought others might find it interesting, I mean, here where I am in the UK we have some town infrastructure that isn't pedestrian friendly, but it's not too bad in most places there are pedestrian provisions and crossings and nice places to walk like parks or by a river. I cannot imagine living somewhere where there is no option but to drive everywhere.
Sometimes, though, living in the country is worse than living in towns as there are just either roads or fields, and no viable verge to walk on - when I go to visit my friend in the Scottish lowlands he's in the country, but surrounded by 60mph fast country roads, fences, and no obvious footpaths or tracks - it seems people don't walk much round there...
It's a real concern with the rise in obesity, I feel lucky to be able to have the option of walking safely to the shops, and having plenty of right-of-way footpaths across farm fields nearby - if I can't get 20 minutes of walking in per day my mood feels lower.
What's the local area like where you live, and how easy is it for you to exercise or enjoy a walk?