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Walking is the most basic form of transportation, and it's one of Columbia’s preferred commute modes. Walking is a terrific way to travel for both your health and for the environment. Pedestrian activity and street life adds to the vibrancy, health, and safety of our communities. Walk on, Columbia.

Did you know?

  • Walking is virtually carbon-free.
  • Walking is the transportation mode that uses the least amount of street space.
  • About 30 percent of Columbians have an entirely walking commute. That's about 14,000 people arriving by foot each day.

Walking Is Faster Than You Might Think

  • 10 blocks (0.5 mile) takes about 10 minutes to walk.
  • Most people walk about 3 miles per hour or 1 block per minute.
  • Walking between avenues takes about 3 minutes.

Tips for Walking More

  • Designate one day a week to a walking commute.
  • Take transit in one direction and walk back. Or get off the train or bus one stop sooner and walk the rest.
  • Explore by foottake lunchtime walks to local attractions and parks.

Walking at Night

Feel unsafe walking at night? Public Safety’s walking escort service will send two specially trained students to walk you to your door. This service is available seven nights a week during the academic year.

  • Morningside campus: 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., call 212-854-7233
  • Medical Center campus: 6 p.m. to 6 a.m., call 212-305-8100

Please visit the Public Safety website for additional information regarding the evening walking escort service.

Walking Resources

  • Use the walk mode in Google Maps to determine a walking route, distance, and timing.
  • CUMove provides participants with motivation, incentives, and resources to stay active throughout the year.
  • Faculty and staff can take part in Columbia’s Walk to Wellness Program.
  • Join the Take the Stairs Campaign, which encourages the Columbia community to choose the stairs instead of the elevator as a quick way to add more physical activity into the day and save electricity.