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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Stop Being Lazy and Walk to Work Tomorrow

Posted By on Thu, Apr 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

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Sometimes the only way to truly wake yourself up in the morning is a brisk walk (okay and some strong coffee).

Here's your chance to start getting that much-needed exercise.Tomorrow, San Franciscans will ditch their car keys and Clipper Cards and instead hike to the office as part of a public event to reclaim the streets amid the recent spike in pedestrian accidents.

Walk San Francisco, which is hosting the second annual Walk to Work Day, is asking pedestrians to document their stroll to the office via Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using with the hashtag #Walk2Work.They can also win prizes and online contests.

Participants can enjoy Cliff Bars, coffee, charged Clipper cards and other goodies from designated Work Day Hubs by showing proof of the commute on social media or by flashing an "I walked to Work Sticker."

Make sure that you're wearing your most interesting shoes, too. Contestants can enter online contests under the categories of 'Best Shoe Bling' and others including 'Most Interesting Site'.

Even if you're not close to work, or if you don't want to get too sweaty before you get to the office, you can still participate in the event by walking for 15 minutes at some point in the day. It's only 15 minutes!

In conjunction with the event, Walk SF will release its first annual report card on pedestrian safety.

This year has proven a dangerous one for San Francisco pedestrians, with the most recent pedestrian being killed by a vehicle on April 7. Earlier today, a three-year-boy was hit in the Outer Richmond and remains in critical condition.

The spike in pedestrian deaths has motivated new campaigns aimed to reduce the amount of fatalities, including Vision Zero, a policy that commits to cutting pedestrian deaths to zero within the next 10 years.

Supervisor Jane Kim and committee members from Vision Zero will meet at 48 Turk at Mason in the Tenderloin at 9:15 a.m. tomorrow and walk to City Hall while sharing plans for increased pedestrian safety.

A press conference at 10 a.m. at City Hall will gather together supporters of Vision Zero and city leaders to discuss strategies for making the streets safer for walkers.


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