I like to walk. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good auto road trip. I have spent summer vacations touring by bike. But walking has much to offer that other means of transportation don’t provide. It is relatively easy exercise. It stills the mind or, more correctly, allows the mind to return to a more natural state in which it becomes more receptive to ideas, flights of fancy or critical problem solving. The reduced speed makes it possible to observe more details than can be detected while driving or even riding a bike. It’s possible to absorb your surroundings more fully; form a clearer idea of a given neighborhood’s personality, hear things, smell things – have chance encounters with acquaintances and strangers.
Berkeley Afoot is about all the different forms of walking and all the reasons for doing so. I’ll cover where to walk, offer some tips on how to walk, and talk about some of the challenges a pedestrian in today’s auto-centric world faces while walking. Berkeley Afoot is also an examination of life in the Bay Area in general and Berkeley in particular. I’ll talk about the people I encounter and the things they’re doing. There’s also a pretty good chance those observations will be peppered with my own personal insights.
I have lived in the Bay Area for nearly 34 years, most of that time in Berkeley. I’ve been an avid walker my entire life. Many of my travels involve walking in some form or another. I’ve also been the walk coordinator for the Berkeley Path Wanderers Association for over 5 years, organizing guided and self-guided walks in Berkeley and surrounding communities. While in that role, I’ve also worked with a number of community organizations involved with protecting the environment, preserving history, promoting health and supporting the arts. I think such organizations are the backbone of our society and I’ll cover their activities from time to time.
I hope you’ll like Berkeley Afoot and, by all means, please let me hear from you. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment on one of the posts.