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Pedestrian of Philadelphia: Chloe Finigan of Feet First Philly

Chloe Finigan, Transportation Outreach Coordinator at Clean Air Council, took some time to talk about her experiences as a pedestrian in Philly! She currently works as the support staff for Feet First Philly (FFP). If you would like to get involved with FFP, email feetfirstphilly@cleanair.org today.  What is your experience as a pedestrian? How long […]

Must cities choose between walking and driving?

According to a survey of CEO’s and other business leaders in Washington, D.C., 99% want to ease traffic flow between the city and suburbs.  However, 89% said that they would like to see walkable communities where amenities are located near residential districts. Struggle to balance these interests in the city’s transportation plan.  As the Greater […]

Article: Young Americans leading the trend toward less driving

Studies show that the current overall trend toward driving less that is occurring in the United States is being led by the millennial generation.  According to the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute, “young people are getting driver’s licenses in smaller numbers than previous generations.”  Other age groups are contributing to the drop-off in driving […]

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Call them what you will, open streets/play streets/ciclovias provide valuable opportunities for recreation

As the weather warms up, it’s not unusual to see parks and playgrounds crowded with both the young and the young-at-heart.  But technically, these are not the city’s only public spaces; there are miles upon miles of public streets.  What if these spaces, too, were available for people to enjoy?  Open streets projects aim to make this happen.  Known […]

Article: Even in car-oriented LA, discovering the benefits of walking

One writer from Los Angeles gave up her car and discovered how much money she could save and how much healthier she could be.  Read all about how she is “better off ped” at Los Angeles Magazine.

Walk to Work Day is April 12th!

San Francisco is hosting the nation’s first Walk to Work Day on April 12th.  Would you like to be a part of Walk to Work Day in Philadelphia?  Do you have any ideas for encouraging people to walk to work or school?  If so, send us an email at walkability@cleanair.org!

Article: Children who walk to school have better concentration

As this article from The Atlantic Cities explains, a recent study in Denmark found that children who walk or bike to school performed better on tasks requiring concentration than children who were driven to school.  In the study, this exercise appeared to have an even greater impact on performance than eating breakfast.  Cognitive improvement is […]

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Winter Walking Tips

With temperatures in the mid to upper 20’s this week in the Philadelphia area, there is no question that winter has arrived.  However, you don’t have to let the cold weather deter you from walking.  Bundle up and get back out there!  Here are some winter walking tips to make your winter walks as comfortable […]

Take the 2-mile challenge!

Did you know that about 40% of trips in urban areas are 2 miles or less?  That means they would take about 40 minutes to walk, yet 90% of these trips are made by car.  It costs a lot to run a car (about $5,170 per year, in fact).  Plus, driving is one of the […]

Safe Routes to School

It’s that time of year again–Labor Day is well behind us, a hint of fall weather is in the air, and children in the Delaware Valley are returning to school.  If you like the idea of fitting exercise into daily life by walking to school but are concerned about your students’ safety, look no further […]