Not fear of the activity and action of walking, per se, but fear of the perils that lurk for people who meander or perambulate on streets and in parks and so forth. You know, like out there right in the midst of the open spaces of life.
"The survey canvassed the opinions of 150 international walking experts. It found that 85 per cent of Australians fear for their personal safety compared with 65 per cent around the world.
Around 5 per cent of women and children walk "a great deal" or "a lot" in
, compared with more than 30 per cent in other countries." Australia
The really sad part of this is not anything in relationship to our girths getting wider, rather, it’s the wide spread internalization of irrational and entirely unfounded fears. We are blessed with living in one of the safest countries in the world.
I can appreciate the fear of traffic, but adults should know how to cross roads safely. I can also appreciate the fear for children’s safety, but no-one is suggesting that children should be let loose on their own, and certainly not let loose to play at the local intersection.
[There are international walking experts? Lots of them? Wow. - ed]