Benefits of Walking

Different people enjoy different benefits of walking… here are just a few of the ways that walking could benefit you:

  • Add exercise to your daily routine
  • Take time to decompress and get reenergized while travelling from point A to point B
  • Reduce your carbon footprint
  • Interact with others in the campus community
  • Short trips on campus are often easier on foot than by car

Walking Resources

Walking (or running or skiing!) is an ideal way to get around campus. With many miles of sidewalks and pedestrian paths, pedestrians have many safe and scenic routes to choose from.

  • Take a look at our UW Pedestrian handout.
  • See our maps/routes on internal passageways (note, generally these are routes with no incline or stairs, but there may be heavy fire doors along these paths, so not all routes are completely ADA accessible).

Walking Distances

Want to know how long it would take you to walk somewhere on campus? We’ve provided average trip times for common routes here:

  • WARF Building to the Memorial Union: 23 minutes
  • Lot 60 to Camp Randall: 20 minutes
  • Welcome Center at 21 North Park to Memorial Union: 9 minutes
  • Kohl Center to the Memorial Union: 10 minutes
  • Memorial Union to Camp Randall: 16 minutes

These are just a few examples to demonstrate the "walkability" of our campus. If you have a specific route you'd like to measure, visit the interactive Campus Map and use the "ruler" tool. Or check out Google Maps walking route planner. Want even more info? Visit From here you can track the exact distance of your commute, calories burned, and even elevation!

Be a Safe Pedestrian

As is the case with any mode of transportation, there are simple things you can do to be safe when commuting as a pedestrian.

  • Be aware of your surroundings. Look where you're going, establish eye contact with motorists and bicyclists, and if you listen to music, limit the volume.
  • Always obey all traffic signs.
  • Carry a cell phone with you in case of an emergency.

When travelling at night:

  • Walk in well lit areas. The SAFEwalk Boundaries map also highlights the Lightway Walking Path.
  • Always travel with a friend or in a group.
  • Call SAFEwalk at (608) 262-5000 for a safe and convenient escort to your next destination..

During Severe Weather:

  • Make sure you're wearing appropriate attire and footwear for conditions.
  • Always travel with a friend or in a group.
  • Pay attention to weather alerts, including UW Snow Action Day Alerts