Wednesday, January 21, 2009

It's Magic

Despite the relative emptiness of one of these photos (I couldn't resist the clouds), I have been surprised at how many people are using the Assiniboine River skate/walking trail as their commuting route. Additionally it is interesting how few people are now choosing the perfectly servicable riverwalk (year-round trail beside the river). Why is this? Perhaps because there is something magical, unique and peaceful about being on the actual river. Some recent research shows that when it comes to active transportation infrastructure, if you build it they will come. The other photo is of someone I met commuting home from downtown via the river. David, a Winnipeg architect, walks almost 90 minutes each way to and from work, 5 days a week, year round. He cites mental and physical health as his most important motivators for choosing active transportation.

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