Episode 106: It’s Kind of Fun to Do the Impossible
Episode 106 of City Walk treks from Berkeley to Atlanta on a walking school bus before treading the urban and mountain trails of Orange County, California with an incredible stop at “The Happiest Place on Earth.”
Not every school bus runs on gas. More and more children are getting to school powered by their own two feet – courtesy of a Walking School Bus. This healthy new innovation is sweeping the country as children and parents trade streets for sidewalks and driving for walking – both to and from school.
Believe it or not, every minute someone in America dies of a heart attack, but it doesn’t have to be you. Discover how the path to a healthier heart begins with a walk.
How many miles does the average person walk in a day at Disneyland? Find out the answer and join us on all the rides without waiting on line – on this very special visit to the Magic Kingdom with Jillian Rose Reed – star of MTV’s Awkward.
Nic Offer of !!! offers his unique perspective of public transportation at the FYF Festival in Los Angeles Historic State Park where thousands of people take public transportation to hear 57 bands play on 4 stages in two days!
Meanwhile, straight up the next onramp, millions of cars take to the freeways in a perpetual race to the next destination. We spotlight 24 hours of life on the road in a hard blasting montage of engines and wheels.
Finally we visit Irvine, California – an entire city built from scratch – and take a sweeping journey across an integrated network of linear parks and off street trails stretching from the mountains to the sea.
Walks of Life: The Walking School Bus
Fewer children are walking and biking to school, and more children are at risk of becoming overweight. The simple act of walking to school can add much needed exercise into a child’s daily routine. A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. Getting into a healthy routine early is as simple as walking to school.
Taking it one step further, International Walk to School Day gives children, parents, teachers and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event celebrating the many benefits of walking.
Side Effects: Heart Health
Each year in the United States 600,000 people die of heart disease. Keeping your heart healthy can be as simple as adding some movement into your daily routine. Research shows that the benefits of walking for at least 30 minutes a day can help you reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. And as the simplest form of exercise, it’s hard to make any excuses not to walk toward a healthier heart.
Walk Score: Disneyland
Join us on a journey through the Disneyland Resort with Jillian Rose Reed from MTV’s Awkward as she learns all about the park and its history from a former Disneyland spokesperson. With two theme parks and a shopping promenade, the resort truly is “The Happiest Place on Earth.” It all starts with Main Street, and with the castle sitting in the central point of the park, everything is within walking distance. It’s estimated that the average visitor walks between 6-8 miles during a day at Disneyland, so it’s not only a magical experience, but also one that gives you exercise.
Can’t Walk There: Freeways
Los Angeles has the country’s largest system of roads, which make up 7300 miles. Believe it or not, Los Angeles is home to more automobiles then people. Journey with us across the vast freeways of the city – a place that is off limits for pedestrians.
Can’t Drive There: FYF Fest
In its 10th year, FYF Festival is a two-day music festival taking place in Los Angeles Historic State Park. With an emphasis on public transportation, the festival is within a few blocks of the Gold Line’s China Town stop in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. The festival brings in some of the music industry’s biggest names with approximately 30,000 festival-goers a day.
American Dreams: Nutrition and Walking
There’s a direct link between a healthy diet and walking. Both have benefits that extend well beyond immediate solutions and allow for a healthier lifestyle.
Walk in the Park: Irvine, CA
Irvine is one of the nation’s largest planned urban communities and encompasses more then 65 square miles. With a network of trails connecting every reach of the city, it is possible to experience it all on foot without ever having to use a crosswalk or be a pedestrian amongst traffic. Nestled less then 50 miles outside of Los Angeles, the Irvine Ranch Conservancy provides respite from freeways, traffic and the abundance of concrete most Angelinos experience on a daily basis.