Save money, save gas, and walk instead! Short trips can result in poor fuel economy since vehicles are started and stopped before they are fully warmed up.
A 30-minute walk at a moderate pace is excellent for your health. A 150-pound person can burn about 270 calories, and if done regularly, this will help reduce your risk of various diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Increased opportunities for social interaction can also improve your connections with your community.
Having more people walking in a neighbourhood is an important deterrent to criminal activity.
Walking is a zero emission mode of transportation, keeping our air free of greenhouse gasses and air pollution while saving our water from exhaust particulate, brake dust, rubber from tire wear, etc.
You will be doing your part to help reduce traffic congestion that can increase the cost of goods and can make areas less appealing to new employers.
Here are some resources that will help you to explore walking opportunities in your neighbourhood, work area or around town.
Get to know your neighbourhood.
This site contains useful information on parks, community centres, libraries, etc. in your neighbourhood that you can walk to.
Greenways are linear corridors in Vancouver that provide an enhanced environment for walking and cycling. This site contains further information on Vancouver's Greenways, including descriptions and maps.
Instead of a Sunday drive, why not cycle or take transit (or use both) to one of these areas and check out its walking tour?
ICBC and AutoPlan brokers provide the Way to Go! school program, to help elementary school children and their parents with safer and healthier alternatives to being driven to school. A wide range of resources and suggestions for walking to school are provided. See their website to learn more about the program and check with your school to see if they are already participating.
Find information on City pedestrian safety programs and safety tips for pedestrians and drivers.