If you live within a few miles of your office or favorite stores, you can start walking to work and save money and improve your health.
Even if you don’t live close, you can combine a walking trip with riding the bus. Walking daily is one of the best things you can do for your health!
When you are out walking consider these safety tips:
- Look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street.
- Always look both ways before crossing and make sure that motorists are going to stop for you.
- If you are in an area with no sidewalks, walk facing traffic so both you and the driver are more visible.
- Try to cross at an intersction or at a mid-block crosswalk.
- Wear light colors or reflective clothing to increase your chances of being seen by drivers, especially at night.
- Be on the defense: Even though drivers are required to stop for you when crossing at crosswalks, stay alert because a lot of the times they won’t stop.
Choosing Your Route
As a walker, you may have many different route options. Do you choose the route that may be the most direct, but will take you along busy roads? Or do you choose a route that may be less direct, but will allow you to walk along quieter streets with less traffic? The choices are yours and they primarily depend on where you are traveling to and how much time you have. A walk to the store may be more pleasant if you stay on quieter neighborhood streets.