" Understanding mobilities, the researcher asserts, may enhance one's understanding of why people might walk.
As noted earlier in this paper mobility is not a new thing, but rather the state of things (Adey, 2010; Steinberg & Shields 2008). In the book, Tracing mobilities: Towards a cosmopolitan perspective, Weert Canzler, Vincent Kaufmann, and Sven Kesselring (2008) report that mobility portrays a basic contemporary principle like others including" individuality, rationality, equality, and globality" (Book overview). In the book, Mobilities, networks, geographies, Jonas Larsen, John Urry, and K.W. Axhausen (2006) report that five interdependent mobilities exist that form geographies of contemporary world networks and mobilities. These include:
1. Physical travel of people for work, leisure, family live, pleasure, migration, and escape;
2. Physical movement of objects delivered to producers, consumers and retailers;
3. Imaginative travel elsewhere through images and memories seen on texts, TV, computer screens and film;
4. Virtual travel on the Internet;
5. Communicative travel through person-to-person messages via letters, postcards, birthday and Christmas cards, telegrams, telephones, faxes, emails, instant messages, video conferences and "skyping." (Larsen, Urry, & Axhausen 2006, p. 4)
For those living in poverty, Larsen, Urry, and Axhausen (2006) explain, stranded mobility may occur. This may relate to numerous low-income housing areas experiencing cutbacks in community transport services. Simultaneously, bus fares may also increase significantly; making travel by bus more expensive than travel by car. As the majority of individuals who live in poverty do not own a car, these factors may contribute to the reasons some individuals may walk. According to the mobilities' approach, even though people may know each other in a short chain of acquaintanceship, the number of links that individuals possess, an abstract concern, does not constitute the most vital issue. Instead, meetingness, which includes emailing, talking, traveling, visiting, and writing matters and proves critical to the nature of networks
Providing Transport to Encourage Walking.
In another article, "Creating safe and healthy communities," Litman (2008) relates a number of implications for providing transport to encourage walking. Among the numerous ways for an individual to be physically active, the majority of these means, which include "team sports and gym exercise, require special time, skill and expense, which discourages consistent, lifetime participation. Many experts believe that more Active Transportation (AT) is the most practical and effective way to improve public fitness" (Litman 2008, [Creating…] Physical Activity and Fitness Section ¶ 2). AT, which includes walking and cycling, as well as a number of variants such as running and skating may also be referred to as Human Powered Transportation or non -- a lot is a heightened motorized Modes. Other consideration Litman notes, include: was there was one
Empirical evidence indicates that shifts from driving to non -- a lot is a heightened motorized modes tend to reduce crash rates…. Urban regions with high rates of walking and cycling tend to have lower per capita traffic fatalities than more automobile-dependent communities. For example, walking and cycling travel rates are high in the Netherlands, yet the per capita traffic death rate is much lower than in automobile dependent countries…. Shifts from automobile to walking and cycling can provide proportionately large air pollution emission reductions because they usually replace short, cold start trips for which internal combustion engines have high emission rates. As a result, each 1% of automobile travel shifted to non -- a lot is a heightened motorized modes decreases motor vehicle air pollution emissions by 2-4% (Litman 2008, [Creating…] Non-Motorized Transportation Section, ¶ 4).
Walking contributes to helping individuals achieve most of the minimum amount of physical activity they require to enhance their health. The Web publication, "Walkability Improvements, Strategies to Make Walking Convenient, Safe and Pleasant" (2009), notes the following benefits regarding non-motorized transportation, particularly walking:
Mobility Benefits (Evaluating Transportation Choice): When the community improves non -- a lot is a heightened motorized transport conditions, this increases the individual's travel choice and mobility; particularly benefiting non-drivers. "Walking tends to be one of the most affordable transportation modes. People who are transportation disadvantaged often rely heavily on non -- a lot is a heightened motorized transportation, for trips made entirely by walking, and to access transit" ("Walkability...
provides Basic Mobility, particularly Universal Design improvements.
TDM (Transportation Demand Monitoring) Benefits. When individuals shift from driving to walking, this may decrease traffic congestion, as well as reduced consumer costs, road and parking facility fees, and pollution emissions.
Safety and Health Benefits: The relatively high per mile casualty rate that may accompany non-motorized is generally offset by reduced risk to other road users, as cyclists and pedestrians and cyclists usually travel less overall than motorists. Shifting to non -- a lot is a heightened motorized transport, international research indicates, results in overall road safety increases.
Livability: Attractive and safe streets that prove to be suitable for walking constitute a key factor in community livability. Pedestrian-friendly streets also provide opportunities for individuals to meet and interact with each other, which in turn, helps create and nurture community networks.
Recreation Benefits: Along with being enjoyable, walking, one of the most common forms of physical recreation, also provides health exercise. Some individuals challenge transportation funding being spent on recreational walking facilities. Other, however, insist that a significant portion of motor vehicle travel is to be allocated for recreation, which suggests that transportation and recreational funding may be allocated to non-motorized improvements.
Economic Development: In numerous case studies, when a community improves walking conditions, the venture notably increased property values and retail sales ("Walkability Improvements…" 2009).
Walkability, which considers factors such as comfort for walking, community support, land use patterns, pedestrian facilities' quality, roadway conditions, and security reflects an area's general walking conditions. The following relate a number of a multitude of precise ways a community may implement to improve walkability ("Walkability Improvements…" 2009):
Improve crosswalks, paths and sidewalks.
Improve non-motorized facility management and maintenance; reduce conflicts between users; maintain cleanliness.
Provide a universal design to accommodate special needs, such as handicapped individuals who use wheelchairs or walkers; parents or other individuals with strollers and hand carts.
Install pedestrian countdown signals to indicate the number seconds remaining in the walk phase.
Create Pedways, enclosed urban walkway networks, to connect buildings and transportation terminals. Cover loading and waiting areas; walkways to provide shade from particularly hot sun rays and protect the individual from rain and inclimate weather.
Creating location-efficient clustered mixed land use patterns to improve pedestrian accessibility with good road and path.
To provide concise information for a person to access a destination, develop transportation access guides.
Concentrate more activities into walkable commercial centers.
Street furniture and pedestrian facilities (e.g., benches, pedestrian-oriented street light, public washrooms, etc.).
Design in a pedestrian scale, with shorter blocks, narrower streets, pedestrian-oriented buildings and street furniture.
Construct and maintain more little bowl communities and more pedestrian-oriented streets.
Implement street reductions, traffic calming, streetscape improvements, and vehicle boundaries.
Reallocate road space to increase the segments for public rights-of-way sidewalks.
Mobilities, the literature repeatedly asserts, constitute a vital component of life. In fact, one engages in mobilities, from the time he awakes until he enters the realm of sleep. Even in sleep, however, the researcher suggests, one may engage in mobilities during dreams. Various kinds of mobility, related in this paper, include vertical mobility forms and transportation. During the two-part paper, the researcher focused on the primary mobility of walking.
The initial part of paper recounted a number of characteristics, as well as the significance, strengths and weaknesses of the mobility concept. During the second segment of the paper, the researcher discussed a number of ways mobilities may enhance one's understanding of why people may choose to of "have to" walk. The paper also examined numerous implications for providing transport to encourage walking.
Five interdependent mobilities, noted by Larsen, Urry, and Axhausen (2006), constitute contemporary characteristics of world networks and mobilities. Figure 1 depicts a sampling of the "geographies" mobilites may embrace.
Figure 1: Geographies Noted in Mobilities (adapted from Larsen, Urry, & Axhausen 2006, p. 4).
Research invested in the paper confirmed that mobilities embrace more than just moving things around. Access to mobilities differs in various settings and across diverse components. Figure 2 reflects a number of factors that may affect access to mobility.
Figure 2: Factors Determining Access to Mobility (adapted from Steinberg & Shields 2008).
As one increases his understanding of the concept of mobilities, the researcher suggests, one will likely enhance his perceptive of why people walk. In turn, he may appreciate the complex, yet simultaneously simple modes of travel he experiences within and through everyday life.
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