Let’s Walk

Overview
Girl walking with parents

Go Human with your own two feet! Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active and stay fit. It’s free, reduces stress, prevents disease, and can connect you to your community in a whole new way.

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Walk Safely: Tips on the Go

  • Cross at the corner and use crosswalks when available.

  • Even if you have the right of way, look both ways. Make eye contact to be sure drivers see you. Don’t assume drivers will stop.

  • If you have young children, teach and reinforce safe walking.

  • When wearing earphones, keep volume low enough to still be able to hear traffic or indications of danger, or wear just one earpiece.

  • Stand clear of hedges, buses, parked cars or other objects that could make it difficult for drivers to see you.

  • Wait for the walk signal before crossing. Don’t enter the crosswalk if the hand is flashing or solid red.

  • Wear something bright or reflective when its dark. Cross the street in a well-lit area if possible.

  • On trails/paths used by people biking, look behind you before making sudden turns.

  • When hiking, always let someone know your route, destination and expected return time.

  • At mid-block crossings, even if one car stops at a crosswalk, do not assume other motorists can see you and will stop for you.

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The Perks of Walking

  • Want to know the secret to a happy life? Walking can reduce depression and anxiety.

  • Walking 30 minutes a day can help reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke.

  • Walking briskly can lower your risk of high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes as much as running.

  • On average, a 20-minute walk can burn 100 calories! Where will you walk instead of drive?