Provide a safe walking environment on facility grounds
- Walking is a safe, healthy behavior.
- Walking is a form of physical activity that does not require equipment, has a low risk of injury, and has been proven to improve wellness.
- Walking trails and sidewalks can be aesthetically appealing. With a little investment, you can make your walkways look much nicer.
- If facilities for walking are in place, employees are more likely to use them.
- Talk to your city/municipality engineers and planners to find out about any restrictions/options for building trails or sidewalks on your facility grounds.
- Work with an architect to develop plans to make your facility more walk able. The design should focus on connectivity and interesting design.
- Consider amenities like benches, water fountains, and signage.
- If you have large parking lots, designate areas for pedestrian access in the lots. This enhances safety and allows sites to connect disjointed areas.
- Keep pedestrian safety and comfort in mind. Tree lawns, lighting, and signage make walking more enjoyable and safer.
Pennsylvania Recreation and Park Society: http://www.prps.org/
Luzerne County Parks and Recreation: http://www.luzernecounty.org/
National Center for Bicycling and Walking: www.bikewalk.org
Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center: www.walkinginfo.org
Wyoming Valley Wellness Trails: http://www.wvwellnesstrails.org/index.html