For people that walk for transportation, it’s surprisingly easy to get to many favorite Burlington spots from campus (don’t be scared of the hills!). It’s a quick walk to Downtown, the waterfront, UVM campus, and Lakeside—just to name a few!

A number of local partners and resources are also here to help get people out walking as much as possible:

  • Local Motion—A member-supported non-profit organization promoting people-powered transportation and recreation for healthy and sustainable Vermont communities.
  • trailFINDER—a mapping resource with great ideas for specific walks.
  • Complete Streets Collaborative—Getting cyclists, pedestrians, and motorists alike—to make our roadways safer for people on foot and on bike.

Winter Walking Tips

  • a group of students walk on campus during a heavy snow fall

    If you’re not familiar with a Vermont winter, you will be soon! It’s important to keep a few things in mind when you go out walking—either for pleasure or for transportation—in the winter. We’ve outlined some top tips:

    • Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective lights or material.
    • Be predictable. Walk on sidewalks or pedestrian paths, cross at crosswalks, and obey signals.
    • Be defensive. Always look for oncoming traffic. Make sure motorists and bicyclists see you.
    • Be aware. Keep the volume on any portable devices low enough to hear traffic.
    • Be prepared. Wear proper clothing for the elements. If you’re walking a long distance, plan routes where you can go inside to warm up along the way if needed.
    • Be equipped. Improve your traction on snow and ice with proper boots and/or traction devices.