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My first column contribution for Metro News Vancouver

Quick post to mark the occasion of the publication of my first column for the Vancouver edition of the daily Metro News newspaper yesterday. I will be contributing an article for the weekly column on the topic of transit, walking and cycling; it appears on Tuesdays.

I’m very excited at getting to share my experiences and thoughts about how people get around in the course of their daily life with a broader audience — in the case of these dailies, while a decent chunk of people are in the middle of their commute.

I’m waiting for the web version of the first column to appear on the Metro News website — at the current moment the only place to read it online is by browsing in the online Archives of the print edition, or this PDF of the column in situ.

Some thoughts on my first outing:

  • Many thanks to Kevin, who participates in the VCH Wednesday Walk, for generously sharing his insight into and experience of walking meetings. It inspired the sentence that ended up pullquoted in the piece. It is a simple yet astonishing observation that, when I have shared it in its expanded form, has connected and spoken to the experience of everyone, and certainly gave me insight into how walking works in my relationship with my own introverted spouse. I’m in his debt.
  • As happy as I am about the first column, my own adventures in cooking with recipes has indicated that the second time is always where the real hurdles lie for me. (It really does not help that the first one was rather painless.)
  • Geez, that word count is short. Something tells me I’ll be using some combination of the blog and Facebook for the inevitable overflow, and maybe footnotes.
  • Stephen Perelgut, commenting on my public Facebook post on this column, shared a link to a Calorie Burn Calculator that can be used to quantify the energy used in walking. As I responded, I think these tools are helpful, but I am hesitant to overly emphasize it in discussions about walking. It strikes me as the part of the argument in favour of walking that has gotten the most airplay, and which has the least new insight to bring for people who are struggling to integrate it into their daily lives.

Excited to be embarking on a new adventure. Onward!

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