Safe Walking Tips
Plan your route and be prepared
- Don't wander off trails.
- Walk in places where you feel safe.
- Consider if you’ll need to cross major streets with busy traffic. Visit Peel Trails Map to locate and visualize exact destination before proceeding.
- If you go out alone, make sure someone knows where you’re going and when you expect to return.
- Dress for the weather; consider walking indoors if it’s too hot, cold, windy or wet outside.
- Check the Clean Air Peel website for the daily Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) and the Ultraviolet (UV) Index to plan outdoor activities accordingly and to protect your health.
- Carry a cell phone, your identification and your medical information.
- Carry water with you. Drink at least 150 ml of water for every 15 to 20 minutes of walking.
Be aware of your surroundings
- Start slow, stretch your muscles and be sure to warm up and cool down.
- Don’t carry weights. Weights can affect the way you walk and cause strain or muscle injury.
- Stop walking if you feel any aches or pains.
- Be sure to wear appropriate walking shoes.
- Walk facing the traffic and against the traffic flow if there is no sidewalk.
- Make eye contact with drivers and obey all traffic laws.
- Walk in daylight or in well-lit areas.
- Wear reflective or bright coloured clothing at night.
- Make sure your valuables and identification are hidden close to your body.
- Keep your earphone volume low or wear an earphone in only one ear.
- Turn your music off in situations or places where you need to be alert.
Canadian Fitness & Lifestyle Research Institute