Join the Walk/Ride Day Challenge
Did you know that walking is a major mode of transportation? MIT and the Parking and Transportation Commuter Connections program would like you to join us to make walking your mode of transportation to get to and from work.
How to Participate
The Walk/Ride Day Challenge is the last Friday of every month until Monday, December 31, 2012. You are encouraged to walk for all or part of your commute to work. Aim for a minimum 15 minute walk each way. If you take public transportation, try walking to a further stop before boarding, or get off a stop early and walk the rest of the distance to work. If your commute is too long, make it a Walk to Lunch Day. Invite your co-workers to join you in a Walk to Lunch. Check out the MIT Walking Map (PDF) for suggested routes close to campus.
Check-in your walking achievements and you will be entered into a raffle to win prizes.
The Goal: Add Healthy Steps to Your Day
Walking for 30-60 minutes a day greatly reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes. By finding a way to make walking part of each day, you are giving yourself proven health benefits.
Dressing for Walking
Your walking shoes should be comfortable for walking for 15-30 minutes at a stretch. If your work shoes don't work for walking, wear athletic shoes and carry along your work shoes to change into. Remember to dress for the New England weather with a jacket (water-resistant, with hood in rainy climates). Carry your necessary papers, purse, etc. in a small backpack.