Long Walks
August 10th, 2006

In the Regional Plan Association’s newlstter, Alex Marshall writes that he sees signs that taking really, really long walks is coming back.

“When New York City was young, say during its first two centuries, people must have walked a lot more than they do now, precisely because there were few other options,” he writes. ” I mention this because I believe some New Yorkers are reviving this old trend.”

Marshall details some of the long walks that people he knows regularly take each morning on the way to work — and some of them are quite long. Then he credits the city’s mass transit system with making them possible.

“Suburban long walkers are hard to find, because it is rare the person who will walk several miles through parking lots, highways crowded with cars, and isolated patches of grass and retention ponds in order to walk from home to office park,” he writes.

Another reason to not move to Long Island.

By on August 10, 2006, 4:43 pm
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3 Responses to “Long Walks”

  1. Glenn Says:
    August 11th, 2006 at 5:24 pm

    As much as possible, I walk the 2 miles to work everyday down Second Ave. Along the way, I can buy coffee and fruit for a quick breakfast. If the weather turns abruptly wet I can always catch a bus or duck into a shop and buy an umbrella if necessary. The best part is that I get 35-40 minutes of good exercise while getting to work only slightly later than if I took the train or bus. I would rarely do a similar walk if there were not easy access to transportation and retail option.

    If there were a bike lane and Second Ave were safe for cyclists, I would be able to get a more intense 10-15 minute workout and beat the train & bus. But I’m not suicidal…

  2. Larry Littlefield Says:
    August 12th, 2006 at 2:24 pm

    The report is anecdotal. Using the tract to tract information from the Journey to Work file from the 2000 census, however, it is possible to find out how many people take long walks, and where.

    Of course, the best place to take long walks — or bike rides — is in the parts of the city that do not have subways a short walk away. NYCT would do well to consider a large bicycle parking area at Kings Highway station on the Brighton when they do a full station rehab, as that station is within a 2 miles of the small area of Brooklyn without subway service.

  3. Gotham Gazette - The Wonkster » Blog Archive » A Walking Town No Longer? Says:
    January 29th, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    […] New Yorkers may have a reputation as walkers, but Robert Sullivan writes in today’s New York Times that the city needs to change its ways if we expect it to stay that way. […]

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