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Waking and cycling as a means of travel


In a number of modern day societies walking to a destination is often seen as a last resort. There are so many other options available that the thought of using one’s own feet and utilizing the most natural form of transport, is the last thing on people’s minds.

Walkers on their way to work

Yet in a way many modern societies are trying to encourage people to do this. We are all made more than aware of our own individual human footprints. This is the amount of human resources we use in our life time. One way of reducing this is by using walking as a regular means of transport. Cities are now reconstructing their centres so that the car is no longer the main consideration. In fact in many urban centres the car is now banned as these areas have become pedestrianized. Many large cities such as London has numbers of parks in their centres, and this has encouraged walkers, as the environment is traffic free, and an ideal location for walking. There are many people who live in the developing world who walk many miles each day as they have no access to any other means of transport. There are still people in the world today who live a nomadic life style. This means that they travel around the country with their herds of animals looking for the richest pasture. Sometime people will travel by animal power but often they simply walk with their livestock. This is most commonly found on the plains of Africa but is also found with groups who live in the frozen tundra, moving their deer with the seasons, to search for food.The next most basic form of transport is the use of the bicycle. Nowadays the modern city is a maze of cycle routes. In the developed world people are returning to using the bicycle as it is seen as a far healthier of getting around as opposed to using public transport.Many schemes have been introduced to encourage people to getting back to using a bike. Bike days are set aside so that people are encouraged to go to and from work on bikes. Bike stations have been introduced in London so that people are able to hire a bike with the use of a credit card. The charge is relatively cheap and will reflect the time that the use will have used before returning it to one of the many bike stations located around the capital. In Europe the city where the bicycle is most popular is in Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. Over a quarter of all journeys to work are on bike and the city provides cyclists with over 400km of bike lanes and each year the Dutch spend over a billion Euros on new bikes.

The most popular city in Asia for cycling is Shanghai in China. The city has a population of 1 million people and 9,400,000 bicycles.  About 60% of all commuters get to work under peddle power. It is interesting that the passion to cycle has turned full circle. For years people were keen to get away from cycling looking to other forms of transport. However, as people have been made more aware of their health and also the environmental condition of their cities, there is now an increasing desire to use the bike as a clean and healthy option to get to work. Peoples mode of transport in getting around urban centres is now returning to use the least mechanical and technological options. The use of foot and the bicycle is now as popular as ever.