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Question #41494 posted on 12/17/2007 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

I noticed that walking traffic on campus often moves at different speeds, like unto currents of water. My question is; are there any studies or statistics that show not only average walking speed, but where people usually walk the fastest?

- 713 left his account open and got a question asked in his name

A: Dear 713, or someone like him,

Robert V. Levine of California State University has published a number of articles relating to the pace of life in various cities and countries. One of the major indicators he has used was the average walking speed. This article, published in 1999, compares the pace of life in 31 countries around the world. He found that pace of life was "fastest in Japan and the countries of Western Europe and was slowest in economically undeveloped countries." Climate, economics, and cultural ideologies also were correlated with pace of life.