Hey! I’m walkin’ (to work) here! Walk to Work Day is April 5.

walking downtown

Just in time for spring showers…it’s Walk to Work Day tomorrow, April 5! So, get your rain jackets, umbrellas (yes, they are acceptable), walking shoes, and mobility devices ready. #WalktoWorkDay

As we continue through the #SeattleSqueeze, walking continues to be a great option to get to and through downtown, and Walk to Work day is the perfect day to get started.

Walking keeps you healthy, happy, and helps the environment. Wins all around!

Adding any number of steps to your day, even if it’s just a small part of your commute, is a great way to burn calories, lower your risk of chronic disease, improve your mood, and is free. #Winning! Even if you don’t live within walking distance to your workplace, you can look for ways to add in some extra steps, like getting off the bus a stop early. Y’know, to pick up a donut and offset those burned calories. You earned it.

This koala added strength training to their cardio routine.

So, how do I start?

Check out the Seattle Walking Map! This map was designed to help people choose a walking route that best suits their interests and fitness level. It includes routes that follow sidewalks, shoulders on quiet streets, and park trails.

South Seattle Walking Map

The South Seattle Walking Map is one of three walking maps throughout the city.

King County Metro’s Downtown Accessibility Map lets you plan trips to downtown Seattle destinations that avoid the hills using public transportation and a variety of building elevators and escalators.

Accessibility Map

 

Regardless of how you’re getting around, remember to look out for yourself and others.

Here are some basic safety tips to keep in mind on Walk to Work Day and every day:

  • All intersections (not just the marked crosswalks) are legal crossings. Expect pedestrians and be on the lookout for people crossing the street.
  • Look both ways (remember what we learned as children: left, right, left again). It’s also a good idea to look over your shoulder for turning vehicles.
  • If you’re driving, take it slow. Math + basic physics = increased crashes as speed increases. And survivability for pedestrians involved in a crash goes down with each additional MPH. It’s 20 MPH on residential streets, and 25 MPH on arterials, unless otherwise posted.
  • Pay attention. No matter how you get around, get your head out of your apps. Keep your phone out of reach, especially when you’re behind the wheel. If you’re crossing the street, pop it into your pocket and be aware of your surroundings.

Happy walking! #WalktoWorkDay

people with dogs

Bonus points: bring a furry friend.