Many of our students, faculty, and staff live in the neighborhoods around our St. Paul campus and find walking to our campus the easiest way to get around. Here are a couple of resources for folks whose primary mode of commuting will be their own two feet.
St. Thomas Public Safety offers a walking escort program. Call them up at 651-962-5100 to have a public safety escort come to where you are and walk with you anywhere on campus or within a six-block radius of our St. Paul campus. Their response time is ten minutes or less, and sometimes they bring a UST vehicle and can give you a ride.
Trails & Paths
St. Paul and Ramsey County have a number of pedestrian walking paths and trails.
Also, feel free to check out MapMyWalk.com as an online resource for planning your walking commute.
Overall, walking is one of the safest modes of commuting, but a little extra preparation and awareness never hurts. Here are some pedestrian safety tips from the Highway Safety Research Center:
Be predictable. Stay off freeways and restricted zones. Use sidewalks where provided. Cross or enter streets where it is legal to do so.
Where no sidewalks are provided, it is usually safer to walk facing road traffic.
Make it easy for drivers to see you - dress in light colors and wear retro-reflective material. It might be wise to carry a flashlight in very dark areas.
Be wary. Most drivers are nice people, but don't count on them paying attention. Watch out - make eye contact to be sure they see you!
Alcohol and drugs can impair your ability to walk safely, just like they do a person's ability to drive.
Use extra caution when crossing multiple-lane, higher speed streets.
Also, Minnesota law gives pedestrians the right of way at marked cross-walks or intersections without a crosswalk marked, but before entering, the pedestrian has to ensure that the road is clear and any road users have the ability to stop. Even with the right-of-way, use caution and common sense when crossing roads. More information about Minnesota’s crosswalk law can be found on Minnesota Safety Council website.