Just 30 minutes of walking is enough to reduce your risk of diabetes and high blood pressure.
Did you know 880 miles of District streets have sidewalks on both sides?
DC boasts 160 miles of recreational paths and trails for your walking enjoyment.
DC is the 5th most walkable city in the United States, with a Walk Score of 77.
You can walk 1,000 steps in around 10 minutes. Use a pedometer to work out your average daily steps and then start adding extra steps.
Notice damaged sidewalks, missing street signs, broken streetlights or trail maintenance issues? Submit a report to the District Department of Transportation.
DC has unique pedestrian laws. Before you hit the streets, familiarize yourself with walking rules and etiquette. Learn more.
Whether you’re looking for a short, easy walking path or a long hike, DC has a handful of trails to choose from. Visit the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy site for trail descriptions, maps, photos and reviews.
Washington, DC is designated as a Gold-level Walk-friendly Community due to its high transit and walking mode share, and exceptional planning and engineering. DDOT continually undertakes infrastructure projects that make moving around the city safe and convenient, including installing sidewalks, crosswalks, and crossing signals.
Learn more about DDOT’s Pedestrian Master Plan
Every trip begins and ends with a walk. Increasing walking for any type of trip has the potential to reduce traffic congestion, add to the city’s livability and improve the environment and public health. moveDC is DDOT’s long-term transportation plan and contains recommendations to improve the pedestrian experience – better crosswalks, more sidewalks, and safer streets.
The walking pedestrian light signals that it’s safe to cross the street.
The time remaining may appear next to the signal. When you see the flashing hand and countdown, it’s too late to begin crossing. Wait until the next walking pedestrian light.
The steady hand means don’t cross and wait until the next walking pedestrian light.
The HAWK is a signal-beacon with an activated push-button, designed to help pedestrians safely cross busy streets. HAWK-hybrid pedestrian signals have four sequences:
An RRFB is a high-intensity LED flasher activated by a pedestrian movement that supplements warning signs at unsignalized intersections or mid-block crosswalks. RRFB’s are designed to alert drivers that pedestrians are in the crosswalk.
A robust, interactive transit map that shows metropolitan DC’s complete network of paths, trails and more
Walk Score rates neighborhoods based on the ease of walking to shops, restaurants and other…
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Find fitness at your own pace – Plan, track, study and share your journey with Under Armour’s MapMyWalk
Explore the city like a local with the largest walking tour company in the nation’s capital.
Find local walking groups to join for a stroll around town.
Find out how walkable your neighborhood, company or event really is.
Learn, engage and connect with walking advocates nationwide.
Get information about walkabout events in Arlington, Virginia—designed for all levels of walkers.
Learn more about the regional program committed to raising public awareness about pedestrian safety.
Use this map to identify and report locations with hazardous pedestrian conditions or behavior.
Browse the survey results of the region’s commuters by the TPB’s Commuter Connections Program.
Take a stroll through DC history when you follow one of Cultural Tourism DC’s self-guided Neighborhood Heritage Trails. Follow the trail signs at your own pace, sampling neighborhood character, businesses and restaurants along the way.
Visit this neighborhood that’s seen it all. From Colonial era upper class families and Victorian architecture to revolutionaries and activists, Adams Morgan has history covered.
See the oldest Marine Corps post and the birthplace of John Philip Sousa in this quaint, but classic military neighborhood.
Take a journey through this historic battleground community to learn how the neighborhood flourished after the Civil War.
Formerly rural farmland for local produce vendors, this neighborhood quickly became the center of the city’s urban development.
From a tobacco plantation to a tightly-knit community – watch how this neighborhood came together during the 20th century.
Explore DC’s Beaux-Arts and Neoclassical architecture, including John Russell Pope’s National Archives building and City Hall.
See the heart of Washington’s jazz scene and the heart of African American culture in the early 20th century!
This trail focuses on Washington’s experiences during the Civil War and other great Americans whose lives were intertwined with the history of the nation and its capital city.
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The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit. Think of ways to include walking into your daily routine. Strike up a friendly competition with colleagues and friends to see who can get those most steps in each day.
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to kick-start your walk challenge.
Now that the weather is cooler, there's nothing like a hot cup of coffee to warm you up! Even if you prefer iced over hot, black, with or without cream, or any variation in between, Washington, DC has plenty of spots to get a quality cup of joe. And since the city has so many staple coffee shops and cafés, goDCgo encourages you to take a tour of all of them! Continue following our blog series to discover more of DC's popular coffee spots and learn about the best ways to get to each of them by bike, bus, or Metro. Stay tuned for more café commutes to come!
Get ready for shorter days and longer nights as Daylight Saving Time will end on Sunday, November 6, 2022 at 2am. In addition to setting your clock back to standard time, goDCgo suggests staying extra alert once the sun goes down so you can stay safe while walking, biking, or driving. While this may or may not be the final ending to Daylight Saving Time (per the Sunshine Protection Act of 2021), we want you to be prepared to take the proper precautions when traveling around the District of Columbia after dark. Review the traffic laws and tips below, so bicyclists, motorists, and pedestrians can coexist peacefully on the road both day and night.
As many of you are probably aware, Washington, DC loves a good café! Whether you're a DC commuter, resident, or visitor, nothing quite gets a day in the District started like a soothing cup of joe. In our opinion, coffee is part of the DC culture, so goDCgo is shining a spotlight on some of the city's very own local cafés and coffee shops. Since there is such a long list of popular spots, we're creating an alphabetical series, so there will be even more to come! For now, let's jump into the first few. Be on the lookout for your favorite, and keep following us for the best ways to get there using alternative transportation for a true DC experience!
Are you a fan of the performing arts? Get ready to celebrate theatre season in the DC region! Starting September 22 to October 9, 2022, the District will launch Theatre Week to kick-off the popular production season by providing discount tickets to over 20 live shows and hosting a community kickoff party, along with dozens of free events to entertain, educate, and inspire. With plenty of participating theaters and productions, Theatre Week is an opportunity to sample diverse and vibrant work throughout the city.
To help you prepare for these plays, musicals, dramas, comedies, and other #DCTheatre productions, goDCgo has highlighted the top 10 venues in the city and the best ways to get there by foot, bike, bus, or Metro.
While Washington, DC has reopened for the summer, there's even more coming in the fall! We're getting back to our regularly scheduled programming and looking forward to the return of in-person music and food events, art shows, and neighborhood festivals throughout the city. There's a long list of upcoming events, so goDCgo has highlighted five popular fall festivals that you should attend and the best ways to get there without a car. Please be advised that face masks are required for ALL riders when using public transit while on board, within stations, and at bus stops. If you are not fully vaccinated, you must continue to wear a face mask indoors and in crowded outdoor spaces.
Whether you live in the District or visiting to experience the culture, goDCgo highly suggests leaving the car behind to avoid traffic and the search for parking. Get to the fall festivities using sustainable transportation instead! In addition to the public transit options below, you can easily get around by walking, bikeshare, or scooter.
In honor of this year's Black History Month, goDCgo wants to shine a spotlight on some of the African American leaders and professionals who help shape transportation in the District today. From city infrastructure, sustainable transportation promotions, transit operations, vehicle management, road safety, bike education, and much more, they're involved in nearly every aspect of DC's transportation systems and make a strong impact on the commute options that we use every day including Capital Bikeshare, DC Circulator, Metrobus, Metrorail, and even personal bike riding experiences.
goDCgo encourages you to get outside and walk for wellness. October, also known as "Walktober," is ideal for walking outdoors because the temperatures are cool and the fall foliage reaches its peak, so you can experience the beautiful changing leaves. In addition to the fall feels, walking for at least 30 minutes a day is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health.
As of Saturday, May 1, Washington, DC has transitioned to the use of 11 high-capacity, walk-up, no appointment needed vaccination sites. Please be advised that designated walk-up sites are for first vaccination doses ONLY. After you receive your first dose, you still need to make an appointment to get your second dose. The walk-up sites are available in addition to pharmacies, clinics, and health care providers that are administering the vaccines throughout the District. These sites will operate their own scheduling systems.
When students walk to school, they're setting good habits and a positive tone for the day. Although distance, weather, and infrastructure can make walking challenging for some, those that do live within walking distance (typically 1 mile or less) can reap some amazing benefits from getting their stride on each day. Here are five ways walking to school can benefit your children and family.
1. Improve Test Scores
Adding just 20 minutes of physical activity (approximately the time it takes to walk a mile) into a child's day can increase test scores. In a 2015 study, researchers found that after just 20 minutes of physical activity students tested better in reading, spelling, and math and were more likely to read above their grade level. By having your child walk to and from school you can help them perform better.
2. Fewer Sick Days
Walking just 30 minutes a day can boost your child's immune system and cut their risk of catching a cold in half. Walking to school could mean fewer sick days for your child and fewer missed work days for you.
3. Improve Mental Health
With mental health issues rising in children throughout the past decade, it's important to find small ways to combat these issues and improve mental health on a daily basis. During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, children have been sheltered from their normal interactions with peers such as playing during recess and the overall social aspect of being in person. Walking can help to reduce the severity of mental health issues. Just an hour of physical activity a day can help reduce stress and reduce depression and anxiety.
4. Improve Sleep
Sleep is crucial for children and teens who are developing both mentally and physically, but unfortunately students, especially teenagers, can have issues with sleep and often don't get a good night's rest. Walking to school can help children and teens sleep more soundly and improve their sleep quality. Getting an adequate amount of sleep in turn can contribute to higher test scores, better moods and behavior, and improved mental and physical health.
5. It's Good For You, Too!
It's advised that children under ten are walked to school by a parent, trusted adult, or as a part of a walkpool (similar to carpools but walking instead of driving). By walking your child to school, you can reap the health benefits that walking brings as well. Walking just 30 minutes a day can reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression, certain cancers, Alzheimer's and dementia, osteoporosis while improving fatigue, blood pressure, strength, and boosting endorphins and the immune system. Walking your child to school can make you healthier and happier!
Worried About Safety?
Safety can be a big concern for many parents when it comes to walking to school. Parents can ensure their child is safe by helping them understand and obey traffic signs and signals. Walking in groups and adopting a buddy system can also increase safety. Walkers should also avoid using electronics that could distract them during their route.
In addition, the District's Safe Routes to Schools program works year-round to advance safe walking and biking to and from schools and address problem areas. DC's Safe Passage initiative has also identified safe spot locations that are local stores and businesses known to welcome students who encounter safety issues on their way to and from school. Find safe spot locations along your route to school.
Since the onset of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the District has experienced a decline in traffic due to many of us working from home. However, there's evidence that people may actually be driving more for non-commute trips. Many individuals have shifted to driving outside of work for recreation and to run errands, visit stores, workout at the gym, go out to eat, etc., leading to an increase in personal vehicle trips. And as people start returning to workplaces, our commute choice plays an integral role in helping to mitigate traffic congestion. goDCgo encourages you to do your part and travel sustainably by foot, bike, bus, scooter, Metro, or rideshare.
Additionally, being able to telework has major implications for the environment, because in the U.S., transportation is the biggest source of greenhouse gases. So, if you have the option to work remotely, you can help fight climate change and improve the air quality in DC and beyond.