Friday, April 22, 2011

Interesting Fact of the Day: We Walk Slower Now

"For years, traffic lights nationwide were timed to the stride of the average pedestrian, who covered 4 feet of ground per second, according to federal research carried out in the 1950s. A couple of years ago, however, the Federal Highway Administration urged traffic engineers to recalibrate to an average stride of 3.5 feet per second, after new research showed that Americans' average walking pace had slowed over the decades. That would give elderly walkers more time to cross safely."


10 Comments:

At 4/23/2011 12:43 AM, OpenID 92a2910a-6d6c-11e0-97fb-000bcdcb2996 said...

Older population + obesity = slower people

 
At 4/23/2011 10:04 AM, Blogger Buddy R Pacifico said...

"Older population + obesity = slower people"

My take:

Older population + obesity + idleness = slower people

 
At 4/23/2011 12:44 PM, Blogger SBVOR said...

It's a baby-boomer thing -- simple demographics.

Oh, yeah...
We're also living longer.

 
At 4/23/2011 1:06 PM, Blogger Benjamin said...

Might make sense to actually shorten the time to cross the walk. The more elderly dispatched in a crosswalk, the less money spent on Medicare.

 
At 4/23/2011 4:42 PM, Blogger Walt G. said...

Benjamin,

Why not put all traffic signals on a random timer? You could put lawn chairs next to intersections and charge admission to the show :-)

 
At 4/24/2011 2:44 AM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Might make sense to actually shorten the time to cross the walk. The more elderly dispatched in a crosswalk, the less money spent on Medicare."

There are additional benefits in the form of increased business for funeral homes, and auto body repair shops.

I wonder if Krugman knows about this?

 
At 4/24/2011 5:26 PM, Blogger juandos said...

My take is that people finally figured out that walking is boring, time consuming, and really very pedestrian...

So why put more effort into walking than is necessary?

 
At 4/24/2011 8:59 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"My take is that people finally figured out that walking is boring, time consuming, and really very pedestrian...

So why put more effort into walking than is necessary?
"

Or maybe they enjoy it more than before, as they now do it by choice, and want the experience to last as long as possible.

 
At 4/25/2011 2:40 AM, Blogger juandos said...

"Or maybe they enjoy it more than before, as they now do it by choice, and want the experience to last as long as possible"...

Seriously ye jest Ron H...:-)

 
At 4/26/2011 12:03 PM, Blogger Ron H. said...

"Seriously ye jest Ron H...:-)"

Yah, I jesteth.

Everyone I know who wants to actually get from one point to another, myself included, drives. Those I see walking appear to be doing so because they think it's healthy, and they generally move right along at a good clip.

 

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