‘Worst Walking City’ in U.S. Gets Back on its Feet

| 3/28/2016 9:25:00 AM

Tags: walkable cities, sustainable cities, walking, healthy living, obesity, policy, city planning, Oklahoma, Jay Walljasper,

Cicyling In Oklahoma City

Part of Oklahoma City's growing trail network.

The U.S. gave up on walking in the mid-20th Century — at least planners and politicians did. People on foot were virtually banished from newly constructed neighborhoods. Experts assured us that cars and buses (and eventually helicopters and jet packs) would efficiently take us everywhere we wanted to go.

Walking is Up in the U.S.

Thankfully, most Americans refused to stop walking. Today — even after 70 years of auto-centered transportation policies — more than 10 percent of all trips are on foot, according to Paul Herberling of the U.S. Department of Transportation. That number rises to 28 percent for trips under one mile.

Indeed, we are in the midst of a walking renaissance as millions of people discover a daily stroll can prevent disease, boost energy, ease stress, connect us with our communities, and is just plain fun. The number of us who regularly take a walk has risen six percent in the last decade, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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