6th AvenueWalking to class or work is easy at University of Puget Sound. The campus is located in a mostly residential area, which means that car traffic is minimal. And the area is relatively flat—ideal for a brisk and refreshing commute. Popular destinations such as the 6th Avenue and Proctor business districts are closer than you think. Check out the map in the sidebar. Running errands on foot is convenient, and a great way to get some exercise.

Health Benefits

Walking has been shown to reduce body fat, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of many diseases—from heart attack and stroke to hip fracture and glaucoma. Plus it’s a great way to decompress after a long day of work or class.

Environmental Benefits

The only carbon emissions produced by walking are produced when you exhale! Walking is the most environmentally conscious commute option, and prevents harmful greenhouse gases from being released into the atmosphere.

Choosing a Route and Staying Safe

When planning your walk to, from, or around campus, choose a route that is walker friendly. Look for roads with pedestrian trails, like the Mason Avenue pathway, and well-marked crosswalks. Whenever possible, avoid having to cross busy streets. When present, always activate the pedestrian crossing light at crosswalks. You may want to consider walking along a bus route, in case inclement weather forces you to seek an alternate commute mode. When it’s dark, wear light-colored or reflective clothing and clip a flashing LED light (available at Security Services) to your jacket or backpack for extra visibility. Remember that if you remain on campus later than you intended to and feel nervous about walking alone, you can always contact Security Services for an escort. Learn more about Security Services escorts.

Showers and Facilities

Showers and changing rooms are available in the Warner Gym locker rooms and the locker rooms on the main floor of Memorial Fieldhouse.

How Far is a Mile?

Ever wondered how far away you live from campus? If it takes the average person approximately 20 minutes to walk one mile, how long would it take you to walk to campus? Calculate the walkscore of your neighborhood.