### washingtonpost.com Saturday, May 8, 2010
Shaping the City
By Roger K. Lewis
Terms, mind-sets must be changed to encourage and enable more walking in cities.
The time has come to acknowledge that walking will be an indispensable component of 21st-century transportation. Today’s plans for urban and suburban growth envision walkways as a vital part of multi-modal transportation networks. Walking is great exercise and beneficial to health. Unlike cars, buses, trams and trains, walking consumes no fossil-fuel energy and leaves no carbon footprint. Equally important, walking can be a positive aesthetic experience.
How can we encourage and enable more walking? What will motivate people to change long-standing perceptions and deeply engrained behavior? We must plan and develop — or redevelop — metropolitan environments so walking becomes safe, comfortable, enjoyable and stimulating. This requires satisfying several design criteria.
-Roger K. Lewis is a practicing architect and a professor emeritus of architecture at the University of Maryland.
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