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 150 miles of recreational paths and trails for your walking enjoyment.
DC is the 7th most walkable city in the United States.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Our nation's capital boasts a number of sustainable transportation options including public transit and active modes like biking, walking, and scooting. This makes it easy to get around, no matter the mode you choose. In fact, Washington, DC ranks the 4th most transit-friendly city, 7th most walkable city, and 9th most bike-friendly city in the U.S.!
Black History Month is nationally observed every February to recognize the great contributions of African Americans in US history -- past, present, and future. This year, goDCgo is celebrating Black History Month in a new way by highlighting some of the black-owned businesses in the District and how to get to their storefront locations using sustainable transportation.
Every year, February is celebrated as Black History Month to recognize both the achievements and central role of African Americans in US history. Initially coined "Negro History Week" in 1926 by the notable black historian Carter G. Woodson, the week was founded to raise awareness about African Americans' contributions to civilization. Decades later, Woodson's legacy remains stronger than ever. In fact, the celebration expanded to a month during its 50th anniversary in 1976 to become the first-ever African American History Month. Since then, each US president has designated February as Black History Month and endorsed a specific theme. From our nation's first African American president, Barack Obama, to one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we thank you and honor you for your contributions.
Washington, DC is heavily invested in providing affordable, alternative transportation options to residents across all eight wards of the city, regardless of income. To help meet that goal, DC has a number of transportation programs that provide discounted access to Capital Bikeshare, dockless vehicles such as scooters, and catching a cab, among others.
The District of Columbia is not only our nation's capital, but it's also a home for many creatives. In addition to the staple Smithsonian museums, the city offers plenty of FREE must-see sites that are outdoors and easily accessible using public transportation. In all eight wards, you can find a variety of street art, sculptures, and murals beaming vibrant colors and celebrating a range of cultures, music, iconic figures, historic moments, inspirational messages, and more.
In fact, the DC Department of Public Works (DPW) created the MuralsDC initiative to help clean and beautify our nation’s capital. Since its pilot in 2007, MuralsDC has painted 133 murals across every ward of the city – that's more murals than any other entity in the District.
Although teachers, staff, and students no longer will be returning to school this month, it's important for school administrators to plan and prepare for safe commuting when students do return. We've compiled a list of ways your school administration can prepare to support the commutes of your teachers, staff, and students.
Promote Commuting with Care
No matter what form of transportation your teachers, staff, or students use, encourage them to commute with care. That includes wearing a face covering/mask, using hand sanitizer, and staying 6 feet away from other passengers when possible.