The best way to walk is as part of daily routine. Walk, wherever you are. It is healthy, fun and reduces stress. Easy to organise.
People do walk. They make a lot of steps. Many municipalities offer good pavements. So people can walk to work, for errands or just for fun. Gadget creators offer easy pedometers on smartphones and other services. People encourage and inspire others: families, friends, acquaintances, neighbours.
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To walk! An issue of the past? No, a short or a long trip: walking is just as normal as eating and drinking. But the reality is that often wheels replace feet. We increasingly sit behind screens.
Yet in many countries citizens and professionals find a way to inspire pedestrians. Or to improve the facilities that encourage walking.
Therefore, Derk van der Laan offers you this service. Cartoons: Len Munnik. For the young and old. To inspire health professionals, entrepreneurs and aware citizens.
Derk van der Laan, a Dutch beat reporter, discovered that ordinary walking gets little attention. Van der Laan: "People often sit still. Their mind does not signal them to move. They choose to get around by motorized vehicles. And should they go on foot, they do not get enough space". Derk: "This happens in many countries. I am a specialist in urban planning, traffic and transportation. I write clear, vivid stories. Or short articles. I bike and walk a lot. I live in Amsterdam, but you can meet me all over the Netherlands. Or travelling through Europe. I am comfortable with the sounds and smells of life in India and the United States".