Today I Walked To Work

Does that make me odd?

Tom Vanderbilt takes a 4-part look at walking in America in Slate:

Which is what walking in America has become: An act dwelling in the margins, an almost hidden narrative running beneath the main vehicular text. Indeed, the semantics of the termpedestrian would be a mere curiosity, but for one fact: America is a country that has forgotten how to walk. Witness, for example, the existence of “Everybody Walk!,” the “Campaign to Get America Walking” (one of a number of such initiatives). While its aims are entirely legitimate, its motives no doubt earnest, the idea that that we, this species that first hoisted itself into the world of bipedalism nearly 4 million years ago—for reasons that are still debated—should now need “walking tips,” have to make “walking plans” or use a “mobile app” to “discover” walking trails near us or build our “walking histories,” strikes me as a world-historical tragedy.

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Comments 4

  1. robert wrote:

    To answer your question…..yes, you are odd but in the words of Dave Ramsey, “normal in this country is fat, broke and stupid.”

    Normal is the last thing that you want, I’m sure.

    Posted 12 Apr 2012 at 1:57 pm
  2. Andy Cline wrote:


    Posted 12 Apr 2012 at 2:14 pm
  3. Steve A wrote:

    If I believe tryparkingit, walking is bizarre. On “bike to work day” last year, bikes outpaced walkers in mileage 100 to 1.

    Posted 12 Apr 2012 at 4:27 pm
  4. Steve A wrote:

    As I recall, Robert has GREAT respect for stats like this and me not so much. 😉
    Signed, “Grumpy”

    Posted 12 Apr 2012 at 4:29 pm