Posted on August 15, 2012 6:01 PM
Population Shifts and Implications for Walking in the United States
Peter Tuckel of Hunter College Department of Sociology, and William Milczarski of Hunter College Department of Urban Affairs & Planning, have published an article for Amerca Walks on the implications of demographic shifts for walking as a mode of travel.
The authors argue that major population shifts in the United States are at the root of changing attitudes and behaviors in regards to walking. These shifts are the aging of the baby boomers, the different transportation priorities of young people, and the decline of the suburbs the population growth in suburbs relative to cities. The authors believe that these shifts are likely to result in a substantial increase in both recreational and utilitarian walking.