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.

Fast Facts

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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.

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Faster than You 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.

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Tips to Walk 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 foot—take lunchtime walks to local attractions and parks.

Walking at Night

Public Safety provides a walking escort service with two specially trained students to walk you to your door. This service is available seven nights a week during the academic year.

Columbia campus at night.

Morningside campus: 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m., call 212-854-7233
Medical Center campus: 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m., call 212-305-8100

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

Additional Resources

Google Maps

Use the walk mode in Google Maps to determine a walking route, distance, and timing.

CU Move

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.

Take the Stairs

Join the Take the Stairs challenge and choose the stairs instead of the elevator as a quick way to add more physical activity into the day and save electricity.