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Why I Walk (PDF)
Taking a Step in the Right Direction
A recent survey shows that members of Gen Y are walking 37 percent more than they were a decade ago, biking 122 percent more and taking public transit 100 percent more. Still, the legacy of the car culture persists. Raised on the notion that driving equals freedom, too many of us just don't realize that a personally rewarding alternative even exists.
Just over three years ago, author Kevin Klinkenberg moved to Savannah, GA from Kansas City, MO. In large part, he chose his new home because he was seeking a truly walkable place to live. In Why I Walk, Kevin goes beyond the typical arguments against suburbia, showing how walking on a daily basis actively benefits:
- His finances
- His sense of personal freedom
- His social life
- His health.
The majority of us still cling to the belief that a house in the suburbs, with good schools, low crime and easy parking is the American Dream. By focusing directly on the real, measurable advantages of choosing to be a pedestrian, Why I Walk makes a convincing case for ending our love affair with the automobile. This highly readable, first-person narrative handily provides the answer to the pressing question, "Why do I walk"?
Why? Because getting there is twice the fun.
Kevin Klinkenberg is the Principal Designer at K2 Urban Design. For more than two decades he has been working to create sustainable, sociable environments and walkable communities in cooperation with developers, cities and nonprofits. A huge fan of the sharing economy, Kevin recently established the car sharing company, Share Savannah, to help his neighbors realize their goals of living car-free or "car-light." He believes that the 21st century is a time to reclaim our lost traditions, connect better with each other and use our advanced technologies in ways that are much more human. Kevin blogs at www.kevinklinkenberg.com
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