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Walking

If you live close enough to your workplace to combine your daily exercise routine with your commute, why not take advantage of this great opportunity?

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The Benefits of Walking to work

Using your own two feet to commute is completely free and saves you money by cutting down on vehicle use. When you walk instead of drive, you also reduce traffic and keep harmful pollutants out of the air. Plus, as we all know, walking is part of a basic exercise routine that can help us achieve better cardiovascular fitness, stronger leg muscles, lower blood pressure and the risk of heart disease.

Helpful Links

Walk Boston is an area non-profit organization that is helping to improve walking conditions in Massachusetts. They offer great maps and walking routes of various neighborhoods. Check out Walk Boston at http://www.walkboston.org.

The US DOT’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center also provides tips, health information and resources at http://www.walkinginfo.org/.

Give It a Try

You may want to start off slowly, one or two days a week, and gradually build up to walking full-time (but it’s okay to remain part-time if that works best for you). The average walking commuter travels about one mile to work, but everyone’s commute is different. Here are some suggestions to get started:

  • Select a good pair of walking shoes and appropriate clothing
  • Try a practice walk on a weekend to find a good route and see how long it takes you
  • Find a co-worker or friend who walks and join them
  • If you have a lengthy walk, consider walking to work and taking mass transit home
  • Keep your dress shoes at work so you can wear comfortable walking shoes and not have to carry extra weight with you
  • And remember, you don’t have to walk every day so when it’s raining or snowing, choose another commute!

Safety

Keep these simple rules in mind as you set off on your walking commute:

  • Utilize sidewalks, crosswalks and signaled intersections, especially in areas with heavy traffic
  • Plan your route and consider items like lighting and sidewalk locations
  • When walking at dawn or dusk, consider reflective wrist or leg bands


Emergency Ride Home for Walkers »

Don’t worry about being stranded at work in an emergency or not being able to get there fast enough because you walked. MassRIDES’ Emergency Ride Home program lets you get home quickly if you're sick or have a family emergency by reimbursing you for up to four trips each year. Check to see if your employer offers this great benefit and then sign up here.

Earn Rewards When You Walk »

Register in NuRide, report your walk trips and earn points that can be redeemed for lots of great rewards provided by local and national sponsors (even some sporting goods stores for walking gear). Active NuRiders typically redeem around $300 a year in rewards.