Today’s Headlines

  • MTC Considers Charging Fee to Walk on New Bay Bridge Span on Opening Day (SF Examiner)
  • BART Board to Consider Fare and Parking Hikes Today (ABC)
  • More on Polk Street Merchants Rallying in the Name of Parking (SF Examiner)
  • CA State Senators Scrutinize HSR Inspection Process (CoCo Times)
  • City of Atherton Donates $10k to Support Central Valley Lawsuit Against HSR (Almanac)
  • More State Assembly Bills Affecting Sustainable Transportation on the Floor (Cyclelicious)
  • Why Martin Macks’ Parklet on Upper Haight Usually Seems Empty (Uppercasing)
  • New Zipcar Signs in the Mission Ask Customers Not to Lock Bikes to Posts (Uptown Almanac)
  • Alameda Extends Vehicle Registration Fee to Fund Abandoned Car Removal (CoCo Times)
  • Roadshow: Do Able-Bodied BART Riders Usually Give Up Their Seats to the Elderly?

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • The benefits of walking are pretty much an embarassment of riches:

    1. Weight loss.  The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6 – 10 less pounds than someone who lives in a sprawling, car-based neighborhood. 

    2. Reduced cancer risk.  Women who walk 3 to 5 hours per week reduce breast and uterine cancer risk by 54%. Men who walk briskly for at least 3 hours a week after being diagnosed with prostate cancer are 57% less likely to see the disease progress.

    3.Reduced heart disease risk. The more you walk, the less your risk for developing heart disease. Walking at a moderate pace 30 minutes a day cuts women’s heart disease risk by 40%. Retired men who walk more than 1.5 miles per day (30 minutes) have significantly lower heart disease risk than men who walk less.

    4. Lower blood pressure. Walking 30 minutes a day lowers blood pressure for those who have prehypertension.

    5. Reduced diabetes risk. Overweight adults who walk 30 minutes a day and eat a healthy diet reduce risk of getting diabetes by 58%. Overweight adults 60 years and older who walk and eat healthy reduce diabetes risk by 71%!

    6. Keeps arteries unclogged. Walking before a meal helps stem the effects of high-fat foods on blood vessel function.

    7. Boosts mental health.  Depression and anxiety are improved by walking.  Self-esteem and cognitive function are boosted by walking.

    8. Combats arthritis and strengthens joints.  Knee arthritis sufferers who walk are able to increase distance and gain nearly 40% boost in joint function. They also experience significantly less pain and need less medication.

    9. Makes pregnant women healthier.  30 minutes of walking a day helps pregnant women prevent back pain, swelling, constipation and other pregnancy-related irritations and health conditions.

    10. Improves brain health. Walking regularly reduces brain atrophy and mental decline. It results in a 50% reduction is risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.  Walking in your 70s helps stop brain shrinkage linked to dementia.

    Of course 30 minutes per day of most forms of moderate exercise (like biking) can be substituted for walking, but walking is simple, cheap, and, if one’s street is not hostile and dangerous to pedestrians, accessible to all.