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Google Maps can help you plan a pedestrian-friendly route from point A to B, including a time estimation. Or plan your own route with the Tacoma-Pierce County Walking Guide and additional trails map, which have information about each trail’s terrain, distance and surface so you know what to expect and can plan around your needs.
Safety is one of the top concerns for pedestrians, especially if they are walking alone. You’ll want to keep these tips in mind to keep you safe while walking:
Choose a route that is frequented by other pedestrians, bikers, etc. There is safety in numbers.
Be aware of your surroundings. It’s best not to be distracted by your phone or wear earphones. Being aware and alert helps you avoid being a target.
If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic and in a single file line.
Check out these 11 Rules for Staying Safe While Walking.
Ask around to find a walking buddy! Friends, family, co-workers, neighbors and other people in your community may share your excitement for walking, but want a buddy to go with them. You can also find walking meetups through sites like Facebook, such as this Tacoma walking group.
You don’t have to search, we have them here for you! Enjoy popular trails and walking routes in Pierce County as part of your commute or as a way to enjoy the fresh air and beautiful sights! Check out the Tacoma-Pierce County Walking Guide and additional trails map.
Walking is one of the best ways to exercise your body!
Doctors recommend about 30 minutes of regular exercise each day. That doesn't necessarily mean running flat out on a treadmill. It can mean walking a reasonable distance — just enough to be breathing a little heavier and feeling warm.
Walking 30 minutes to and from work each day can help to:
Reduce the risk of heart attack
Lower blood pressure and cholesterol
Help to control weight