Walking to Work

WalkIf you live close enough, walking might be an excellent way to get to work or do errands. Walking can help relieve tension, improve blood circulation, tone muscles, enhance your general outlook on life, and be used as transportation.

On-line Tool Eases Your Commute

Learn more about what’s happening along your travel route by visiting www.TransView.org, a traveler information website that provides information on regional traffic incidents, construction updates and weather radar from the National Weather Service. Pima Association of Governments provides the information as a public service using data collected from local department of transportation crews, contractors and local police dispatch systems, and through partnerships with other agencies and public transportation entities.

Pedestrian Safety

Do you know what a HAWK is?

Check out PAG's video and website about High-Intensity Activated crossWalK beacons and safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists. Take an interactive pedestrian safety quiz to see how street-smart you are.

Walk Safe. Drive Safe.

Every year in Pima County, about 250 pedestrians are injured, and about 20 are killed. Walk Safe. Drive Safe. is a Pima Association of Governments message providing safety tips for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists, and asks people to join the pedestrian safety movement by taking the online Pedestrian Safety Pledge. It's a good reminder to be safe and be seen.

Learn more about pedestrian laws, a sidewalk inventory report, and the Regional Pedestrian Plan.

What's Your Walk Score?

Find the Walk Score of your neighborhood. Once you enter your address to find your score, you can enter the address to which you commute and compare how long it takes you to get there by walking, biking, and driving. You can also get an overview of your housing and transportation costs, and see a glimpse of amenities available in your neighborhood.

In addition to Walk Score, the site also provides the Transit Score and Bike Score of neighborhoods. Some of the county facilities in the downtown Tucson area have a Very Walkable, Good Transit, and Biker's Paradise score, high in the upper 70s to 90s.

Voices on Walking

Daniel M., Environmental Quality, Summer 2016

Just two weeks before my hire date at DEQ’s downtown office, I made the snap decision to move from the Prince/Mountain area to Downtown Tucson. I wanted a change in scenery, an easy commute, and also just to experience the liveliness of downtown. Looking for rentals, I soon settled upon a very central historic apartment--so central, in fact, that the commute to my office is just 0.5 miles. That’s 8 minutes, on foot…

There are some obvious reasons that my fast commute is beneficial--lots of personal time in the morning, no parking costs, fresh air, etc., but I soon realized the true benefit of living so close to home: Taking my hour lunch break at home! Raid the fridge for food? Check. Quick TV episode on the couch? Check. I can even do an easy chore like doing the dishes. Any of this, plus the there-and-back commute, in an hour, easy.

An even bigger surprise is that when I was updating my car insurance mailing address, the insurance agent was (surprisingly) kind enough to tell me that I could re-register my car as a recreational vehicle, because I wouldn’t be commuting in it! This saves me over $20 a month! Then again, $20 doesn’t last very long when you’re a 10 minute walk away from burritos, beer, and music. Walking, biking, bussing… all good ways to go!