Pick the right pair of shoes and you’re ready to go. Fresh air and sunshine are waiting outside. You breeze by bumper to bumper traffic, and there is no need to scramble for parking when you get there! You’re doing something that’s good for your wallet, good for the environment and good for your health.
Walking is an easy way to exercise. You reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke, help lower your blood pressure, fight bad cholesterol and body fat, and enhance mental well-being.
When you walk to work (or use some other ‘green’ commute option) at least 3 days a week, you qualify for Commuter Services’ Emergency Ride Home Program. Registered participants receive a voucher for a free taxi ride; then, if illness or some other emergency disrupts your plans for a relaxing walk home, your ERHP voucher gets you safely there and Commuter Services gets the bill!
The Florida Department of Transportation has a brochure with pedestrian laws and safety guidelines to make your walk pleasant and safe.
The best local resource for pedestrians is the Capital Region Transportation Planning Agency. You can reach their bike/ped program at (850) 891-8090 or visit them online at www.ctrpa.org.
For recreational walking and hiking, Florida has an abundance of nature trails that run through forests, marshes and along the coast. Visit Hike Florida to find wonderful places to walk.