The Plight of the North American Bipeds
In the right lane
This video seems a little bleak, perhaps a little too tongue-in-cheek. Depending on where I go in my city, you might see lots of people roaming around... on foot. Even in my little, old-fashioned suburb, there are people getting around with their feet!
I live in an older suburb. It's a town that grew quickly in the 1950s. Some of it has a great grid structure for the streets and later versions of street design have a bit less. At one point there probably wasn't a whole bunch of walking. Stores were too far away for you to take a stroll for a loaf of bread.
But nowadays, there's been a bunch of in-fill development. Much of it is commercial, so I can walk to several places.. a bakery, bar, couple of restaurants, groceries.
In fact, I even see a lot of people who appear to be just out for a stroll.
Humans were built to walk!
Where I live, it's still a taboo practice to walk for transportation's sake. Yes, people walk their dogs, and people walk and run for sport, but that's mostly how it goes.
Things haven't changed much over the years. 12 years ago this article pointed out the direction things were going. Today it seems like prophecy.
Nice video. It gave me a little chuckle.
Fifteen years ago I had an Irish student stay out my house for the summer while she did an internship. She was shocked at how much Americans (her host family excluded) drove. I bet her that she would see the same thing back home within the decade. Less than a year later she contacted me to tell me I had won the bet. I view car use as an addiction; I define an addiction as any harmful habit. Like other habit-forming drugs, the car has a place, but creates a lot of woe when it is abused.
In the right lane
Taboo? Maybe that's it. I do see some people schlepping groceries as they walk, but yes... a lot of people are just walking the dog. In fact, I almost never walk with groceries. It's much easier to make that trip by bike... I live about 1 km from the grocery store and I find that more than about 10 pounds of groceries (say a gallon of milk and some bread...) is my limit for that trip... on foot. I can easily carry 5 times that with my bike and trailer.
Originally Posted by nostalgic
There are some contraptions that you can wheel behind you as you walk to help with the groceries. I would probably get one of those if I was walking that trip. But, as I say, I have a bicycle