It’s the start of the New Year, and many Americans have made plans for healthier lifestyles. One easy, free or low-cost way you can include more physical activity into your life is by walking. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 encourages Americans to walk and cycle to work, school, and errands to add exercise into their daily commutes. Despite having limited free time, most people can incorporate walking into their routines.

Sam Schwartz, President & CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering says, “Walking is incredibly efficient. Nearly a third of all car trips taken in this country are a mile or less in length--the equivalent of a 20-minute walk. Moving those trips out of cars and onto sidewalks would solve many of our transportation conundrums.”

Our mission is to support communities in making healthy decisions. Sam Schwartz Pedestrian Traffic Management Services is driven to create safe communities by managing high-volume vehicle and pedestrian traffic areas. To accomplish this mission, we train, deploy, and manage hundreds of traffic managers daily. Many have backgrounds in law enforcement or public safety and are backed by the knowledge of expert transportation planners. We care about our communities’ health, and we believe safe and efficient pedestrian transportation systems may help improve the health of Americans.

The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases lists the following physical and mental benefits of walking:

  • Helps burn calories, leading to less unhealthy weight gain

  • Lowered risk of type-2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and heart disease

  • Lifted mood

  • Stronger bones and muscles

  • Improved fitness

  • In addition to the health benefits of walking, there are social and economic benefits. Sam Schwartz describes why walkable city spaces are so important to American society: “Walkable communities better retain their property values, they create level playing fields for economic opportunities, and they help create social cohesion.”

    It’s clear to see that walking has numerous health, social, transportation, and economic benefits when we look at decades of research. There are also safety benefits that make walking a wise choice. According to a study on injury prevention, “The more people that are walking or bicycling, the less likely drivers are to collide with them. Policies that increase the numbers of pedestrians and cyclists are effective in improving the safety of those on foot and bike.”

    As you step into the new year, consider walking an important part of your daily routine. When you do, keep an eye out for our traffic managers in bright vests helping you navigate the busy streets and sidewalks. They are there, as are all of us at SSPTMS Inc. 24/7, 365 days a year, to make your journey better.
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