“The world reveals itself to those who travel on foot” -Werner Herzog
Walking was the only method of travel for humans since the dawn of our species to the advent of the wheel and the domestication of animals – over 200,000 years. The average human walks about three miles per hour, a snail’s pace considering the 80 miles an hour we drive in our automobiles, or the 500 plus miles an hour in an airplane.
What are we missing when we drive by so fast? Obviously, the fast transportation of people and goods is positive development in most cases. Globalization, put simply, is the world getting “smaller” and more interconnected. However, the popularization of the automobile and policies encouraging suburban development has led us to construct cities of sprawling concrete, encroaching on the land – and our abilities to walk through it.