Category Health

Pedestrians of Philadelphia: Nick Zuwiala-Rogers

1) What is your experience as a pedestrian? How long do you walk? Why did you decide to walk as your commute? Being able to walk whether as a commute, to run errands, to visit a friend, or go out to dinner is one of the main draws to living in a dense area like […]

We Walk PHL is expanding!

We Walk PHL, free walking groups carried out in partnership with Fairmount Park Conservancy, Get Healthy Philly/Division of Chronic Disease Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is expanding this fall to six new sites, giving We Walk a presence at 11 parks! New locations include Vernon Park, Clark […]

There’s a walk or run for everyone!

Walking, whether for transportation or exercise, carries many health benefits, but it doesn’t have to be your only source of physical activity.  If running is more your speed, check out, where you can find out about races going on in and around Philadelphia. Some of these runs and walks take place on the region’s […]

Links for the week of 6/24

Feet First Philly is taking a short break from the internet to celebrate our nation’s birthday next week.  We’ll be back in full swing on July 5th!  In the meantime, enjoy this collection of news and blog posts from the pedestrian sphere. • Chalfont Playground in Northeast Philly gets new play equipment and a sprayground! ( • This summer, Parks […]

Pedestrian walking speed affects how we plan

Today’s news is all about walking speed.  Traffic signals are required by federal regulations to provide adequate time for pedestrians to cross.  But just how much time is adequate?  It depends on many factors, including the size and type of the intersection and how fast you are able to cross the street. In an article published […]

Video: Life at 3 mph

Jonathon Stalls walked thousands of miles across the country. In this inspiring TED talk, he talks about how important walking is and how our car-oriented culture has caused many people to forget about the benefits of taking life at 3 miles per hour.

Image: Chicago Loop Alliance

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 […]

Every Body Walk! releases new walking app

With the new iPhone and Android app from Every Body Walk!, you can turn your smartphone into a pedometer! The app can record your route on a map and set targets for time, distance, or calories burned. You can also use it to share your walks with friends and family. Download the app today for […]

Support the Call to Action on Walking!

Throughout this month, support the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking! Watch the video to learn about the benefits of walking, including why doctors call it “the best medicine we know.”  Then, pledge to be a part of the movement to make Americans more active by incorporating walking into your daily routine and sharing […]

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.