Walk Duluth

Walk Duluth

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.

Confused about what to do?
Take these first steps:

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.

 

Why Walk? A Healthier You, A Healthier Duluth

Although it seems an ordinary activity, walking – and the power it holds – should never be underestimated. Here are a few reasons why:

  • Every minute of walking can extend your life by 1.5 to 2 minutes, on average.1
  • An extra 20 minutes of walking each day burns off 7 pounds of body fat per year.1
  • Reduced body fat, lowered blood pressure, increased high-density lipoprotein, and reduced risk of bone fracture are associated with regular brisk walking (≥3.5 mph).2
  • The marginal cost of walking is near zero, and arguably negative because of the significant health benefits gained.3

Walking in urban areas, specifically, hosts additional benefits. Urban communities that support walking are associated with:

  • A stronger sense of community and security
  • A stronger sense of place and economic vitality
  • A more equitable transportation system
  • A greater appreciation of local parks and open space4

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.

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