10 Apr '12, 3pm

Americans walk less than any other industrialized nation

Tom Vanderbilt owns the “how we get around” beat , and we’re excited for his new series on walking, the first installment of which was published today. The juicy bits: Americans walk less than citizens of “any other industrialized nation.” (OK, technically just Switzerland, Australia, Japan, and Britain, according to the reports cited in the story. But most likely everywhere else, too.) Walking will save your life: “Walking six miles a week was associated with a lower risk of Alzheimer’s … walking can help improve your child’s academic performance; make you smarter; reduce depression; lower blood pressure; even raise one’s self-esteem,” Vanderbilt writes. Pedestrians don’t count to traffic engineers: In modeling software, people are “a mere ‘statistical distribution’” or “implicit ‘vehicular delay.’” The very word pedestrian is an insult to people who aren’t driving — the ...

Full article: http://grist.org/list/americans-walk-less-than-any-other-...

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