October 31, 2017
How you can help your employees walk to work
by Korrea Johnston
While the District of Columbia is well-known for its avid and fiercely loyal biking community and amenities, did you know that DC is also well-equipped for pedestrians? In fact, the city is so well suited for walking that it was recently designated as a Gold level walk friendly community by the Walk Friendly Community (WFC) program. This rank can mainly be accredited to Washington, DC’s high transit and walking mode share and exceptional planning and engineering. We also boast a high level of staffing and public input for pedestrian issues which demonstrates a strong commitment to walkability.
The Walk Friendly Community is a national recognition program developed to encourage cities across the US to develop and support walking environments with an emphasis on safety, mobility, access, and comfort. Washington, DC is proud to be one of 63 cities in the country with such a designation and one of just 15 with a Gold level designation.
This is a prime opportunity to educate your employees about the many benefits of walking to work. Specifically, be sure to mention:
- 96 percent of DC’s population lives within a quarter-mile of a bus stop or half-mile of a rail station meaning that even if they don’t want to walk the entire commute, they can at least walk a portion!
- DC’s Downtown Business Improvement District led the effort to develop a citywide wayfinding signage system to make walking around the city as easy as possible. In other words, no one will get lost walking to work.
- A recent study found that people who switched their commutes from driving to walking experienced greater well-being, specifically a greater ability to concentrate and felt less stress overall.
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