Why Americans Walk Less than Europeans

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A recent study exploring travel patterns reveals a substantial disparity in walking behaviors between Americans and Europeans. The findings indicate that, on average, only 12% of daily trips for US adults involve walking, a stark contrast to the United Kingdom, where people walk for 26% of their trips. France closely follows at 24%, with Germany and Finland at 22%. While the preference for cars in the US is a contributing factor, the study delves into more nuanced aspects influencing these disparities. The lower population density in the US often necessitates longer trips for work, shopping, or social activities, diminishing the feasibility of walking. Additionally, safety concerns emerge as a crucial determinant, with pedestrians in the US facing a significantly elevated risk of accidents, up to 10 times more likely to die than their counterparts in Germany, Denmark, or the Netherlands. The study underscores the interconnected impact of safety perceptions and suboptimal walking conditions, creating a deterrent to walking in the US.


1- What does the passage emphasize about the interconnected impact of safety perceptions and walking conditions?

2- How does the lower population density in the US affect the feasibility of walking?

3- Why is the preference for cars mentioned as a contributing factor to walking disparities?


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Parts of this lesson are based on: An article by Bill Smith.