Other Walkers, Part 3

I had seriously hoped to have many posts about people walking every street of cities in different parts of the world, but this may not be the case. I found plenty of every-street walkers in New York and California, but not many in other places. In the U.S., Francine Corcoran walked every street in Minneapolis. In New Mexico, Suzanne is walking all 400 miles of Catron County.

Outside of the U.S., Bob and Linda are walking the streets of Dunedin, New Zealand. In Australia, Alan Waddell is walking every street of the Sydney suburbs (over 200 suburbs as of this writing). Also in Australia, Spike — who maintains the blog This Isn’t Sydney — walked the streets of Woy Woy and is continuing on with the towns and suburbs in Brisbane Water (north Broken Bay, in New South Wales). Spike’s walking plan has been inspirational in terms of thinking about my own walking. After I finish walking all of Berkeley, I would like to continue with neighboring communities and other towns in the Bay Area. Spike has a nice set of maps that show his walks, which — like Berkeley and its environs — are situated on a bay.

Although I did plenty of it earlier in my life, I really began to appreciate walking when I went to London for a semester in college. When I didn’t have classes or other activities, I spent hours walking everywhere in the city, either directly from my flat or by picking a random Tube stop and getting off and walking from there. It was winter, and an unusually cold one for London, so I had a hard time convincing my friends and classmates (who were from California and Hawaii) to go on walks, even with promises of stops at pubs along the way. It was their loss — it really was a great way to get to know the city. In the 1930s, Phyllis Pearsall walked all of London’s streets and went on to found the A-Z Map Company. I have not been able to find any information about anyone else doing this since then, in London or elsewhere in the UK. There is, however, a novel (which I have not read yet) by Geoff Nicholson called Bleeding London that features a character who walks every street in London.

I have not yet found instances of every-street walkers in other parts of the world. Of course, there may well be others that I have missed because I have only searched for material in English.

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2 Comments »

  1. Spike said

    Spike’s walking plan has been inspirational in terms of thinking about my own walking.

    Glad to have inspired a fellow walker 🙂

    In the 1930s, Phyllis Pearsall walked all of London’s streets … I have not been able to find any information about anyone else doing this since then, in London or elsewhere in the UK.

    I too am hoping to find a living blogging London walker.

  2. Brent Dmitruk said

    Looks like you will have another on your list. I have finished plans to walk every street of Toronto. I will start boxing day and it will only take me 285 days of walking. It is for a global warming campaign I am arranging. It will be easy to find in youtube just by searching Walking every street of Toronto to raise awareness of global warming. Hope you like my new cause.

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