Walking has dropped nearly 40% in the US since the pandemic, new report shows - ... trends now
Americans are doing 36 per cent fewer walking trips than they were in 2019, according to a new report.
A recent report by mobility data company Streetlight Data has found a decline in walking across the US - with all of the most populated metropolitan areas seeing a drop of at least 20 per cent.
New Jersey saw the smallest decline, with a 29 per cent decrease in walking trips - which is defined by outdoor travel on foot totaling at least 250 meters, or 820 feet.
The 15 US metropolitan areas with the biggest decline in walking since 2019, according to data firm StreetLight.
Two thirds of US adults fail to meet the exercise guidelines recommended by health officials, according to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention.
It comes as data shows the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes reached a 20-year high in 2022, with more than 7,500 people dying while walking on US streets.
Traffic experts say the rising death rate is due to several factors, including larger cars on the road, police staffing