A few recent notes from early Summer here in Poland…..
June 6, 2022: SHADE IS SO VITAL!
Yesterday we decided to try something new and walk the several-kilometer route along a major local expressway to our bus connection home.
Usually, we catch light rail from the city to the bus stop, but it was a gorgeous Sunday and we had an hour and a half before our bus connection so decided to get there by foot.
Fortunately, there is a sidewalk the whole way that allows for this option and even better, it is shaded like this most of the way.
We are deep walkers, so likely would have taken the route even if it wasn’t so shaded, but for many people, the comfort and relief provided with the shade can be a decisive factor as to whether they will even bother walking.
Shaded paths are not only an issue of aesthetics and comfort but also public health, particularly in the hotter months when people can easily face dehydration and heat exhaustion.
We look forward to walking this path much more in the coming months.
Ever since we established @pedestrianspace two years ago, we have had a continuous stream of messages from people around the world asking how they can participate and contribute.
As a media platform, we accept submissions on a rolling basis. But we spent some focused time in thought last year about a more sustained and meaningful way people could engage with the project and platform. And from that thought, the Global Walkability Correspondents Network was born.
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Annika Lundkvist, Editor & Founder at Pedestrian Space