walking TRANSPORTATION AT WHOI - WALKING TO WORK

Walking

Woodland path to parking areas, new Quissett Campus development plan (rendering by Ellenzweig Associates). The new campus configuration is specifically designed to facilitate walkers. Click on image for additional Quissett Campus renderings.

WALKING - The easiest way to access our two campus locations at Quissett and the Village, and the surrounding area is often by foot, and there's NO PERMIT required!

Pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles must obey all traffic control devices. Pedestrians have the right-of-way at marked crosswalks, in intersections, and on sidewalks extending across a service drive, building entrance, or driveway. Pedestrians should not leave the curb or their place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle that is so close that it is impossible for the driver to yield. Pedestrians may cross an intersection diagonally where permitted by special pavement marking. Pedestrians crossing a street at any point other than within a marked crosswalk at an intersection should yield the right-of-way to all vehicles.

In a recent report on physical activity and health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) addressed the national public health crisis stemming from physical inactivity. Most Americans make the connection between exercise and health, but many people still lead sedentary lives. According to HHS, "approximately 300,000 U.S. deaths a year are associated with obesity and overweight (compared with 400,000 deaths a year associated with cigarette smoking). The total direct and indirect costs attributed to overweight and obesity amounted to $117 billion in the year 2000." The alarming national statistics point to a growing health crisis that impacts Americans of all ages.

Fortunately, the human toll and the economic costs of inactivity are avoidable. The Surgeon General recommends moderate physical activity -- 30 minutes a day, five days a week -- to combat the threat of diseases including high blood pressure, coronary heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, certain forms of cancer and depression. With the Surgeon General and HHS, the White House recognizes the need for physical activity and in June launched the "Healthier U.S. Initiative" (PDF) fitness campaign designed to educate and inspire Americans to be active. Trails figure prominently in the fight against obesity and inactivity. The National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (CDC) trumpets the positive impact trails can have on the overall health of their users. Click here to check out "Promoting Physical Activity Through Trails," a valuable resource for trail information from the CDC.

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