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. 

Learn about ways to increase your physical activity from the Office of Work/Life

Walking at Night

Columbia provides escort services for traveling at night. Visit Public Safety’s Safety Escorts services webpage for more information.

Columbia campus at night.

Additional Resources

Google Maps

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

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.