Bozeman Commuter Project presents ‘Get Up & Get Out’ Challenge
It’s June, It’s Almost Summer, Go For a Walk!
The trails in town are drying out and the wildflowers are in full bloom. Walking is a great way to get to get around while also getting some exercise at the same time. There are lots of benefits to walking from improved physical and mental health to saving money and the planet.
Enter, The “Get up & Get Out” Challenge. It’s all about logging trips for work, for errands, and for exercising. Whether you are walking, biking, running, skating, carpooling, or taking the bus, you are eligible to compete as a team or as an individual and win prizes from a bunch of amazing community partners.
Challenge runs June 15th – 30th. Click HERE to find out more.
Safety Benefits: Walkable neighborhoods have much lower rates of traffic fatalities – for both pedestrians and motorists – compared with automobile-oriented areas.
Health Benefits: Fewer than 50% of Americans meet the minimum guidelines for moderate physical activity – walking is the easiest and most affordable way to correct this problem.
Social Equity Benefits: Low-income families are more reliant on walking for essential journeys than the middle class, and yet low-cost housing is often located in the most car-dependent places.
Transportation Benefits: One quarter of all trips in the U.S. are 1 mile or less, and yet most of these trips are taken by car – increasing walking reduces traffic congestion and the cost of road maintenance.
Economic Benefits: The average household cost to own and operate one car in the U.S. is $9,000 per year – walkable neighborhoods allow families to own fewer cars and save money.
(Courtesy of AmericaWalks.org)