Archive for the ‘Walkability’ Category

Bike, run or walk

As someone who walks a fair amount, at least on my lunch hour at work, I thought I would continue on this path by posting an article entitled “9 Great Things Walkers and Bikers Know about Their Communities that You Don’t” by Starre Vartan at Mother Nature Network.

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Green Librarian

 

To Paris and back

It’s been a long time since I walked along the Seine river but when I came across this  article, it definitely took me back. The article is entitled “Why Paris is transforming a riverside highway into a pedestrian promenade: Cars will be banished from a congested stretch of the Right Bank ” by Matt Hickman at Mother Nature Network.

When my youngest son graduates high school however, I promised him I would take him to Paris, so with a little luck soon I’ll be walking back along the Seine and checking out the pedestrian promenade. Meanwhile, maybe I need to check out the mighty Mississippi river or think back to when…

seine

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Green Librarian

Take a walk

After all, it was the original form of transportation, that and running. Yesterday my youngest son suddenly showed interest in using his scooter now and an old bike that has been sitting on the porch for months on end.

I had plans to get rid of it and another one (both which had been given to us by friends) but after my daughter gave the first one to a friend of hers down the street who needed a newer one, my son suddenly decided he wanted the other one.

Anyway, I found this article on walking entitled “Walking is transportation too” by Lloyd Alter over at Treehugger a really good read on the importance of walking as a form of transportation. So take a walk! I did this afternoon with my two younger ones.

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Green Librarian

Happenstance

I came upon this article simply by happenstance. It makes me think back to a time when I played in the woods as a kid and makes me wonder how we were able to always find our way back.

Maybe in some way, we had our own trail trees or markers but didn’t necessarily know it. It’s something I’m trying to pass on to my kids in a way as well. To use trees and other natural objects as trail markers.

The article is entitled “Trail trees are a living Native American legacy” by Laura Moss over at the Mother Nature Network. Meanwhile, keep on walking.

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Green Librarian

Tools of the trade

Here are a couple of websites that I thought were very interesting:

The first website is called Walk Score: Find a Great Neighborhood. They let you calculate how walkable your neighborhood is.

The other website is a little more abstract. It’s designed to let you find out the wind speed in your neighborhood at various heights. It’s called First Look.  If you need a reason to visit this website, check out this article entitled “Helping Developers Map Out Renewable Energy Source”.

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Green Librarian