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Roaming Rites and Rights to Roam

Authors: James Mills*,
Topics: Religion, Legal Geography, Landscape
Keywords: Key words: walking, pilgrimage, right to roam
Session Type: Paper
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Americans who seek to engage in a walking pilgrimage are severely restricted in a number of ways. One of the main constraints is simply finding a route to walk. The US has been extensively divided up into millions of parcels of private property, all with implicit or explicit signs that say ‘no trespassing’. Now is the time to consider adopting laws and regulations similar to many European countries where pedestrian access to the broader landscape is thought of as a right and public good. Doing so would enhance religious freedom in the US and more people spending their days walking can only help create a more sustainable world.

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