Walktober is here + the City of Raleigh — in partnership with Commute Smart Raleigh — is hosting a number of events to promote health, exercise, and pedestrian safety.
Did you know Raleigh is the 47th most walkable large city in the US? Raleigh’s walk score is 31 (aka: the measure of walkability in a city). The most walkable Raleigh neighborhoods are College Park, Oakwood + Stonehenge East.
According to Commute Smart Raleigh, biking and walking also have many benefits for physical + mental health. The activities can help combat stress and anxiety, release endorphins, and strengthen immune systems.
Commute Smart Raleigh is encouraging commuters who live within 1 or 2 miles of their workplace to walk to work. In this video, they give safety tips for walking — like wearing bright colors or reflective gear + looking both ways before using a crosswalk.
Want to learn more? The city is hosting a virtual Walking and Biking Safety Summit today, Oct. 15 from 1-4 p.m. The summit features Angie Schmitt, who will talk about lessons learned in her book “RIGHT OF WAY: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America.”
Raleigh also offers multiple free walking clubs for community members, including Chavis Center Walking Club (ages 16+) every Tuesday from 6:30-9:30 p.m. and Worthdale Walkers Club (ages 50+) every Thursday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
If you’d rather walk at your own speed, the Capital Area Greenway system has 100+ miles of trails to explore. Discover them here.