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Walking to Campus
If you’ve been to campus, then you’re no stranger to walking at the University of Washington. With its network of pathways, amazing views, and historic landmarks, walking is by far the most popular way to get around campus. But have you thought about extending your walking experience to a commute to campus?
Calculate your commute
Use this interactive web-based application to explore how your commute choices affect the cost, CO2 output and calories burned by your commute. Created by UW students, funded by the Campus Sustainability Fund, and supported by UW Transportation Services and the Environmental Stewardship & Sustainability (ESS) office, the site gives commuters a new tool for making commuting choices. Try it
UWalk makes you a part of a vibrant community that walks for some of the same reasons you do. It is a virtual space where UW students, faculty and staff can join walking groups, participate in events and group activities, keep track of their progress, and connect with a larger community of walkers across campus by sharing stories and photos. Because UWalk groups meet up online, participants can walk together or walk alone. UWalk events and activities are held throughout the year to help build and energize the community and celebrate everyone’s achievements. And did we mention there are prizes?!
Walking: what’s in it for me?
- Reduce blood cholesterol
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase cardiovascular endurance
- Boost bone strength
- Burn calories and keep weight down
- Save time and money getting around on campus
- Enjoy the natural beauty around you
- Have fun!
Choosing your route
Just because a route works well for cars or buses doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the most convenient or comfortable when you’re traveling on foot. Fortunately, there are many great resources to help you find walking routes that work for you. For the most enjoyment, look for routes with low car traffic. The absence of cars will make your walk a lot more pleasant! The Burke-Gilman Trail is the region’s premier multi-use trail; it offers a pathway under I-5 separate from car traffic and connects to a number of area attractions including Husky Stadium, the UW Medical Center, and University Village. Here are a few more resources to get your feet moving:
- Google Maps walking directions
- U-District and North Capitol Hill Walking Map
- University of Washington Campus Map
- Walking trails map for NE Seattle: 2 pdfs from FeetFirst
- Reporting maintenance problems
Campus Showers and Clothes Lockers
Need a place to shower or change after your invigorating walk to campus? Faculty and staff with IMA memberships and all students can use the shower facilities at the IMA and Hutchinson Hall. Call 206.543.4590 for details. Several other campus buildings have shower and/or clothing locker facilities. Contact your building coordinator about availability.
Web sites of interest to pedestrians
- Gmaps Pedometer: Calculate precise mileage of your walking route and check elevation.
- Seattle Pedestrian Program: The Seattle Department of Transportation manages Seattle’s pedestrian network.
- Washington State Department of Transportation Pedestrian Program: The Washington State Department of Transportation manages the state’s pedestrian network.
- Feet First: The premier pedestrian advocacy in the Puget Sound region.
- American Volkssport Association: A non-competitive sports organization.