If authorities allow you to leave your house, and you are healthy, take a walk twice a day. Walking is part of our lives just as are eating and drinking. Many people ask me about the coronavirus: should I go out? Walk to shops in stead of being in a car or in public transport? Yes you can do, must certainly, but keep a distance of two metres (six feet) from others. That is possible in most places. Tips & Tools are divided between CORONA PROOF and others. In my Blogs my selection of news.
The best way to walk is as part of routine. Walk, wherever you are. It is healthy, fun and reduces daily stress.
What helps? Municipalities offering good sidewalks. Taking care of walkable distances. So people can go on foot. People encourage and inspire others: family, friends, neighbors.
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What should be done to make sure that everebody can walk nicely everywhere? Five receipes from my book.
* Building Community
All eighborhoods, buildings and other locations stimulate walking. They are made for it. Walkers know the routes, the obstacles and the solutions. Neighbors encourage each other to walk, and sometimes help each other. This is civil society organizing itself.
* For Everyone: The Nearby Bonus
Governments and organizations invest in space for walking and moving. They make the size of the Nearby Bonus ( doing much activities on a safe, walkable distance) as large as possible. This is the result of adequate money, time and attention for a common good.
* Promoting Walking: Leading by Example
There are examples and role models. Besides thse big heroes, there are smaller heroes. For example, those who are active on social media and give attention to walking. Or, those who walk with enthusiasm. Everyone is a potential leader in her or his own circle.
* Tools to Slow Climate Change
It is widely recognised and appreciated that walking helps to reduce CO2 and particulate matter emissions. Optimal space for every person on earth becomes the norm. Besides more biking, als more feet are being used. The right of every inhabitant to good pavements and walking is realized.
* Walking as a Pleasant Consumer Experience
There are more consumer items, for sale and for free. Enetrepreneurs see many opportunities for business. Consumers have choices when it comes to walking: they do so, en masse. So: make good use of the ever-richer world.
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".