Walking is a fundamental right, but many people are being denied the ability to travel on foot says Jay Walljasper in a post on Shareable.
Due to dangerous foot-traffic routes and street crime, limited transportation options, and community sprawl, many disadvantaged people are avoiding walking, and that has serious health consequences: the simple act helps prevent chronic diseases, heart complications, diabetes, and some cancers.
Poor conditions for walking among low-income households, people of color, and some immigrant communities limit their access to jobs and education.One-third of all African-Americans and one-quarter of all Latinos live without access to a car, according to a report by the Leadership Conference Education Fund, which means walking and public transit (which involves a walk) represent important pathways to opportunity. Improving walking options can also help ease the financial burdens on poor families, which spend 42 percent of their income on transportation compared to 22 percent among middle-income Americans. That’s because the average cost of owning and operating one car is $8,700 a year .