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Understanding walking

Walking is becoming an increasingly important part of urban life and a growing interest for planners, developers and policy makers. What people value in a city or town is changing, perhaps faster than at any time before. Our models – and our means of appraising the value and return on transport schemes – will have to adapt with them if they are to serve the next decade.

Nicola Troll
Citizens are less content to passively adapt to their spaces and increasingly demand places that are adaptable by them. Apps that direct users along the shortest pedestrian routes are being complemented by those that send them off the narrow path on journeys of rediscovery
Citizens are less content to passively adapt to their spaces and increasingly demand places that are adaptable by them. Apps that direct users along the shortest pedestrian routes are being complemented by those that send them off the narrow path on journeys of rediscovery

 

A mile? Five miles? A bit more or less? If you are a typical adult who doesn’t count every step or heartbeat with a hi-tech wearable fitness monitor, it’s a safe bet that your answer will be some version of ‘I haven’t a clue’.

After all, for most of us walking is something we do in between other activities, almost unconsciously, barely giving it a thought. We walk to the car, bus, Tube or train, but the real business of getting from place to place, the stuff we...

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