Be Active: Walking Resources

Walking is a free and healthy transportation alternative. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Downtown Mall or the Grounds of U.Va while you alleviate your traffic frustrations and improve your health.

Tips and Reminders

  • Always look both ways before crossing the street. Always obey lighted cross walk signs.
  • Pay attention to your surroundings, even during the day. Avoid talking on your cellphone or listening to headphones when walking in busy parking lots or through congested intersections.
  • When walking at night, wear reflective clothing and consider not wearing headphones.
  • Use lighted pathways when available and avoid walking alone at night.
  • There are more than 200 blue light phone in place around the University of Virginia. Telephones are in every dormitory, along frequently traveled sidewalks, and in parking lots. Some academic buildings also have phones. These phones dial directly into the University Police department. If you need assistance, just activate a blue phone and state the problem. A police officer will respond. Blue Phone locations are listed on the Lighted Pathway Map.
  • Never walk down a train track; it's illegal and it's dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer can see a trespasser or a vehicle on the tracks, it is too late. The train cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision. Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
  • More Safety Tips and Reminders (U.Va Police)


Lighted Pathway Map

Community Resources