Downtown Duluth encompasses a large area with an abundance of places and spaces to explore, but you don’t need your car to discover the area; you’d be surprised how far you can go by foot. Brought to you by the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and the Greater Downtown Council, Walk Duluth encourages you to navigate Downtown with the help of posted signs that identify the direction and walking time (and sometimes biking time) to popular destinations throughout Downtown Duluth, Canal Park, and the Lakewalk. These signs make it easier for you to visit both familiar and new corners, districts, parks and historic sites by foot - all in under ten minutes.
1. Determine your destination. Walk Duluth signs are color coded to help direct you to where you want to go.
Blue - Civic (Public Buildings and Monuments)
Purple - Commercial (Shops and Restaurants)
Orange - Historic (Designated Historic Buildings and Landmarks)
Green - Recreational (Parks, Trails and Other Green Spaces)
2. Find a sign. Whatever your destination type, locate a sign posted at an intersection or elsewhere that points you in the right direction and tells you how long it will take to reach your destination. Don’t worry about turns - follow the street or path the sign directs you to travel, and you’ll find your endpoint.
3. Take a walk. In under ten minutes, you may be at the destination you originally chose, or you may have stumbled upon something even better. That’s the beauty of walking Downtown: you have more time to look around and find something unexpected.
Although it seems an ordinary activity, walking – and the power it holds – should never be underestimated. Here are a few reasons why:
Walking in urban areas, specifically, hosts additional benefits. Urban communities that support walking are associated with:
So don’t just sit there: find a sign with your desired destination, and go! It’s only a 10-minute (or less!) walk to a healthier you and a healthier Duluth.
Walk Duluth is a collaborative tactical urbanism initiative between the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and the Greater Downtown Council to demonstrate the potential for long-term active living and wayfinding signage in Duluth. For more information on the Healthy Duluth Area Coalition and their work, visit www.healthyduluth.org.
1. Dunton, G., et al., 2006, Perceived barriers to walking for physical activity
2. Iowa State University, Walking facts and benefits
3. America Walks, 2008, Benefits of a walkable community
4. Walljasper, J., 2013, A walking revolution: The movement making Americans happier and healthier
Funded in part by the Duluth Legacy Endowment Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. Funding for this project is also provided in part by the Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota.