Take the First Step!

Walking is often an overlooked, undervalued, and under-appreciated option in our transportation system, yet it’s an elemental piece of nearly everyone’s daily travel. It is often the simplest, easiest, healthiest, most effective and affordable way to get around. So if you are able to walk, don’t overlook your own two feet! Consider what steps you can take to improve your health and that of your community by simply placing one foot in front of the other.

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Improve Your Mood

Walking just 10 minutes per day can lift your spirits as much as a glass of wine or a square of chocolate!

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Take Action!

Health experts recommend walking 7,000-8,000 steps per day (~ 3.5 miles) for optimal health. How many steps do you currently take? How many steps away from your house is the nearest bus stop? Hint: If you don’t know, use the Map or Transit App on your phone to find out! 🙂

Ready to Walk the Walk?

Walking can be combined with biking or other forms of transit. If you need help figuring out the best walking routes to/from your destination or transit stop, Contact us or try some of the following resources:

If you have a smartphone in your pocket chances are you already have a very handy walking route guide. Simply use the Maps app on your phone and select “Walk” as the mode.

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The free Transit App is another very easy and convenient way to plan trips on your phone. The app will provide you with accurate walking and transit options to get to your destination!

City of Boulder

The City of Boulder has additional walking information and resources: https://bouldercolorado.gov/services/walk

Check out Boulder’s Low Stress Walk and Bike Network Plan to find the most accessible paths and routes in Boulder

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Walk Score is available for any address in the United States, Canada, and Australia. It also ranks the largest 3,000 cities and over 10,000 neighborhoods so you can find a walkable home or apartment. Walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, better commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

Tips To Be Safe as a Pedestrian

At a crosswalk, only cross when the "start crossing" symbol is on, or if you can safely cross with the time left on the countdown. It's illegal to enter a crosswalk when a steady "don't walk" symbol or flashing red hand symbol is on. If you are close to an intersection with a traffic signal, you must cross at the crosswalk. But make sure to activate the crossing button first!
Where the sidewalk ends or where there are no sidewalks, walk on the outside edge of the roadway, facing traffic.
At intersections, make sure motorists have seen you before you step off the curb. Don't assume they will see you or stop.
Wear light-colored or reflective clothing, especially in stormy weather or at night. Carry a flashlight at night to see and be seen.
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Need more reasons to take the first step?

Check out this great article about the various health benefits walking has to offer and then

consider how you can incorporate walking into your daily commute and errands.