I have always loved walking.
When your primary means of transportation is the métro, you have to walk, a lot. I got used to walking that I would sometimes just walk to my destination even if it took an hour or more, the city makes walking enjoyable: through streets full of shops, gardens, parks,fountains, old buildings, statues, and so much to see… Walking there is full of culture, romance, and green spaces.
In late 2010, with the much better weather, I tried walking in Doha and it was a disaster.
Doha’s streets are completely walker unfriendly:
- The sidewalk is sometimes non-existent, too narrow, or has cars parked on it.
- The pavement is full of holes, and cars driving by usually ignore any pedestrians.
There’s almost no where to walk here.I wrote about this in one of my tweets, and I was told to go somewhere to walk. I immediately replied “I walk to go somewhere, I don’t go somewhere to walk”. Going somewhere for the main purpose of walking seems illogical to me, but after I tried walking in the streets here to “get somewhere”, I may reconsider it. Aspire park may be a good place to “go walk”…