Why don't people walk?

The 2002 National Survey of Pedestrian & Bicyclist Attitudes and Behaviors reports that one in five adults age 16 or older have either never walked or had not walked during a thirty-day period in the summer of 2002. The survey sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Bureau of Transportation Statistics reported that the number one reason for not walking is that respondents were either too busy or did not have the opportunity to walk. Other reasons frequently cited include traffic safety concerns and distances that are too great to easily walk.

For more information about how to address the reasons people don't walk, read our section on Common Pedestrian Problems and Solutions.