A book is born

CBi3GaRWAAAMK-WThank you to everyone who came out to the Fox and Feather pub in Ottawa last night for the official launch of Born to Walk. (We put the “pub” in “pub date”!) It was great to see so many familiar faces, and so many unfamiliar faces too. An extra thank you to Ottawa city councillor David Chernushenko, who spoke about how we can all help make Ottawa a better place for pedestrians, and walking advocate Wallace Beaton, who was there representing Walk Ottawa and Green Communities Canada’s Active & Safe Routes to School program. Happy reading, everybody. If you want a sneak-peak at a section that’s near the middle of the book, go to page 54 of the April issue of enRoute magazine for an excerpt about my day in East Harlem with Matt Green, who is walking every step of every street in all five NYC boroughs. Speaking of Americans, I was interviewed yesterday by radio hosts Lynn Ware Peek and Tim Henney for their program “The Mountain Life” on NPR station KPCW in Park City, Utah. You can listen here; my interview starts just after the 30-minute mark, after a segment on anxiety no less. And if you want to purchase the book online, we’ve got options. You can buy directly from the publisher, ECW Press, or from Indigo and Amazon, where Born to Walk is currently the top-selling book in the Walking category. (Thank goodness for sub-categories.) You can also buy a copy from me at Ottawa Walking Day at Lansdowne Park on Friday, May 8, from 9 a.m. to noon. The free event will feature guided walks of various lengths, a story walk for young children, yoga for walkers, and more. (Thanks to urban planner Alain Miguelez for the above photo, and to Lisa Gregoire for the one on the main page.)


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  1. It was great to attend your book launch, which I had learned about via the Healthy Transportation Coalition here in Ottawa. I also really enjoyed reading your book, and learned a lot. All of which reinforces the feeling that with all the talk about the benefits of walking it is a wonder why even here in the Alta Vista neighbourhood the physical environment sends a signal that pedestrians, like cyclists, are seen more as an inconvenience to motorists than the manifestation of a solution to a myriad of societal problems.

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