Will Shoes One Day Generate Renewable Energy?

These insoles would let wearers produce electricity and feed it into the grid. That’s the idea behind “Step,” a shoe conceived by 22-year-old Vancouver design student Taylor Ward. Inspired by his city’s goal to become the greenest urban area on the planet by 2020, Ward has drafted an ambitious blueprint for kicks that could help…

Garden Bridge in London, UK

London’s Garden Bridge will be a stunning new public garden and pedestrian crossing, spanning the River Thames, linking the South Bank to Temple station and beyond. Designed by Heatherwick Studio and inspired by actress and campaigner, Joanna Lumley, the Bridge will provide a vital new route between north and south London and feature plants, trees,…

Are Vancouverites snobs when it comes to walking?

An article by Emily Jackson at Metronews.ca: A new city survey might leave you scratching your head and wondering if Vancouverites are transportation snobs who turn their noses up at walking. The online survey distributed Thursday on Talk Vancouver, a platform launched in 2013 to collect citizen feedback more easily, asks residents for their opinions…

2014 Walkscore: Canada’s Most Walkable Cities

If you’re the type who likes to lace up your shoes and get from point A to point B by using the good old-fashioned power of your legs and feet, check out Canada’s most walkable cities according to Walkscore’s 2014 ratings.  

As Boomers Age, Walkable Cities Become More Important

It’s a charmed feature of family life that the oldest and youngest often find common cause. In league against the conservatism of parents, grandparents and grandkids might push for dessert before dinner or agree on the harmlessness of playing outside in the rain. It seems that the two cohorts have also found themselves in a…

We want to walk: Report finds strong preference for walkable neighbourhoods

A Vancouver Sun article reports on a new study, led by UBC professor Larry Frank,  focussing on residents of Metro Vancouver. The study has provided more evidence that pedestrian-friendly communities are much healthier than car-dependent ones. The study found people who live in pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods walk five times a week for transportation compared with one…

Sandy James: Report from Walk21 Sydney

Keynotes Paul Tranter’s talk was on the “hurry virus.”  He presented a compelling argument for walking to be considered in the same vein as the slow food movement, as a measurement of scale and of activity. Daniel Sauter from Switzerland was back with the metrics he is reviewing in establishing the best way to measure and survey walking….

New study concludes regular exercise helps prevent cancer

A Global News report: New research has found tens of thousands of Canadian cancer cases could be avoided with regular exercise. Researchers say if more of us worked out 30 minutes a day, 5 times a week, thousands of cases of breast, colon, prostate and even lung cancer could be prevented. Global News article

Beat The Street!

This interactive video from the BBC News in London features Dr. William Bird of Walk21 fame. He describes the municipal application of Beat The Street. It also includes some interesting statistics on current health and physical activity in Europe.