The British Council has commissioned a study to see the speed at which city dwellers walk.  This shows that on average they are walking 10% faster than they were 10 years ago.  They  timed men and women walking on a flat area, free from obstacles and sufficiently uncrowded to allow people to walk at their normal pace along a 60ft stretch of pavement.  The speediest was Singapore with the happy Danes second in Copenhagen.  Frenetic New York could only manage 8th while London was 12th.  As someone who lives in a market town in Yorkshire, where they bring coach loads of people in on market day, walking 60ft unencumbered would be a miracle.  The whole study and final list is here.  And finally, where do you get a job like this?