Philadelphia metro's walking habits on the decline
Philadelphians aren't getting their steps in like they used to.
Why it matters: Walking is good for us.
- Individually, it confers many health benefits and is the OG form of zero-emissions traveling in the big-picture scheme of climate change.
Driving the news: The number of annual average daily walking trips per 1,000 people in the Philly metro dropped a staggering 32% between 2019 and 2022, per a new StreetLight Data report.
- There were 300 annual average daily walking trips per 1,000 people in 2022, compared to 440 in 2019.
How it works: StreetLight measures travel behavior based on anonymized data from mobile devices, vehicle GPS systems and more.
- For this analysis, one "walking trip" is any trip taken by foot that is more than 250 meters — about 820 feet — from start to finish.
The big picture: Nationally, the number of annual average daily walking trips dropped a whopping 36% in the contiguous U.S. between 2019 and 2022.
Zoom out: New York City topped StreetLight's list among the top 50 U.S. metros, at 390 per 1,000 people, followed by Orlando, Florida (350) and Las Vegas (320).
- Portland, Oregon; Boise, Idaho; and Ogden, Utah, are all tied for last place, at just 220 trips per 1,000 people.
What they're saying: The pandemic had an "obvious impact," StreetLight says.
- Some of this could be remote work, which makes it easier to become sedentary.
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