Walking

Restore human legs as a means of travel. Pedestrians rely on food for fuel and need no special parking facilities.
-Lewis Mumford

Walking – what could be simpler? No special equipment required. Sensible shoes? Check. Sunscreen or hat (hey, it’s Texas)? Check. Destination within walking distance? Um, better check on that! Discover the places that are “just a short walk” from home or work here, at Walk Score.

It is a great tool for learning about your own neighborhood and also works for exploring places you plan to visit. Some savvy car-free transit riders use the site to simplify errands by choosing the routes and stops that allow them to walk to the greatest number of tasks.

Even a quick walk to the corner store totally counts as a commute solution! Never underestimate the power of adding just a few more steps to your daily exercise quota. If you need help getting started or want to track the fitness element of your walk trip, visit the Walking Site, here.

 

The value of walking as a true form of transportation is often overlooked.

“Walking is the first and most fundamental form of transportation. Everybody is a pedestrian at some point in each day, even if it’s just walking from the car to the office. Walking is a critical component of the transportation system. It as a major mode of transportation in its own right and provides connections between destinations and other modes.

Economic conditions and concerns about health and the environment mean more and more Americans are interested in increased options for getting around other than by automobile. Whether or not Americans walk, and whether they are safe and comfortable doing so, is a matter of growing urgency for our health, energy and climate, aging population and the livability of our cities.”


(Excerpt from a report jointly issued by the Surface Transportation Policy Partnership and Transportation for America. Here is the complete chapter, Walking is Fundamental.)

And please, be safe when you’re walking.

Yield to vehicles on the roadway if you cross the street at a place other than a marked crosswalk or pedestrian tunnel or crossing. If you’re hit while jaywalking, the driver may not be liable, and his or her auto insurance may not cover your injuries.

Stay on sidewalks and the right-hand side of crosswalks. Drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians in crosswalks.

If the road has no sidewalk, walk on the left side of the road facing traffic.

Always cross at intersections. Look left, then right, then left again before proceeding.

Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.

As a passenger, get in or out of a car on the curb side of the street.

Make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street.

Have a nice walk!

 

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