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Friday, April 12, 2013

Get Off Your Lazy Round Rump and Walk to Work Today

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 7:30 AM

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If you've been feeling kinda fat and lazy as of late, then today is your day. Not only is it Friday (the last day of the week that you'll have to wait until 5 p.m. to start Happy Hour), but it's also Walk to Work Day, which is exactly what it sounds like.

Today, San Francisco will be the first city in the nation to officially celebrate Walk to Work Day where our city leaders, including Mayor Ed Lee, and hopefully you, will abandon your car, bike, and bus ride and make your way to work with the greenest mode of transportation out there -- your two legs.

And yes, free java is involved.

Walk San Francisco is organizing the jaunt, encouraging everyone to stop by their walking hubs to power up with free coffee and confab about their experience hiking to work for a change.

You can also share photos of your Friday morning schlepp on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, using the hashtag #Walk2Work to win prizes.

"San Francisco is proud to lead the nation in celebrating Walk to Work Day," said Mayor Ed Lee, who is planning to saunter to City Hall himself today.

Now we know what you're thinking: Why take that risk walking through the streets of San Francisco where two pedestrians were hit -- one killed -- this week alone? Well, Mayor Ed Lee is using this event as a chance to call attention to his new plan to cut pedestrian collisions by 25 percent by 2016, and cut them in half by 2021, said Elizabeth Stampe, director of Walk San Francisco. As the Examiner noted this morning, Pedestrian Strategy will focus on 44 miles of roadway that are deemed the most dangerous for walkers; you can expect new infrastructure upgrades and more enforcement along the way.

"Part of your commute is always on foot. Walk to Work Day is the opportunity to notice that, and notice what could make it better," Stampe said. "There are a lot of things the City can do to fix streets to be safer and more walkable, with calmer traffic, wider sidewalks, more trees, and better crossings."

After work, you can walk on over to happy hour at Show Dogs on Market Street where participants will claim their prizes for today's contests, including "Longest Walking Commute," "Best Shoe Bling," "Most Interesting Sight," and "Most Employees Participating."

Go ahead and stay for that one extra cocktail, since you'll be walking home anyway.

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Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert

Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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