Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety
Program ending December 2016

Pedestrian Safety Tips

Following these simple safety tips will help pedestrians have a safe and healthy experience when out walking:
  • ​The Journal of the American Medical Association found that women who walk in their 30s and 40s can greatly reduce their risk of breast cancer.
  • ​The average person walks the equivalent of three and a half times around the earth in a lifetime.
  • ​If you walked at a steady speed of 3mph non-stop day and night, it would take you a whole year to walk around the equator - a distance of 25,000 miles.
  • ​30 minutes walking at a moderate pace will burn over 100 calories!
  • ​One quarter of all the bones in the human body are found in the feet.
  • ​The Duke University Medical Center found that a brisk 30-minute walk or jog around a track three times a week was just as effective as antidepressant medication in relieving the symptoms of major depression in middle-aged and elderly people.
  • ​Walking is good for your brain. In a study on walking and cognitive function, researchers found that women who walked the equivalent of an easy pace at least 1.5 hours per week had significantly better cognitive function and less cognitive decline than women who walked less than 40 minutes per week. Think about that!
  • Walking strengthens your heart if you’re female. Women in the Nurse’s Health Study who walked three hours or more per week reduced their risk of a heart attack or other coronary event by 35% compared with women who did not walk.
  • Walking strengthens your heart if you’re male. In one study, mortality rates among retired men who walked less than one mile per day were nearly twice that among those who walked more than two miles per day.
  • Walking prevents type 2 diabetes. The Diabetes Prevention Program showed that walking 150 minutes per week and losing just 7% of your body weight (12-15 pounds) can reduce your risk of diabetes by 58%.
  • ​Dress in bright colors or wear reflective materials so drivers can see you easily.