As I mentioned earlier, I’ve decided to pass on getting a car for now which means when I go out, I either walk or ride my bike. I took a short walk to the bank today and it is quite obvious that people don’t walk in the suburbs.
This is a huge change since there are people walking alll the time in Japan. Even when I visited my sister in San Francisco, there were plenty of people walking the streets, but in the suburbs where I am now, nobody walks. On an hour round trip walk, I passed exactly 3 other people walking – all three high school kids. There wasn’t another adult to be seen.
I don’t know if this is necessarily a bad thing, but it made me feel a bit strange as I walked along. It seemed the drivers looked upon me as an oddity as I made my way toward my destination. Is it really such a strange site to see someone walking down a street in the suburbs these days?
It seems that bike riders are a bit more accepted. I saw more of them out on the road than other walkers, although they too were still by far in the minority. While biking does get me around faster, truth be told, I really enjoy walking. It gives me time to relax and think where I have to always be on the look-out for cars not paying attention when riding a bike.
Does anyone else out there who live in the suburbs besides me walk?