Walking to campus
Walking to campus is easy using any one of the many pedestrian paths. Note that all pathways around campus are shared between pedestrians and cyclists. Please be respectful and give each other space. Common courtesy requires pedestrians to:
- watch for cyclists, who may suddenly approach from behind or around corners
- keep to the left
- move off the path or to the left if you wish to stop
- keep animals on short leads and under control.
Walking onto campus is easy. Use the campus map to find the best route to use.
When walking to campus or connecting with a major transport hub, develop a route that uses quieter side streets away from major roads. For personal safety, develop a walking route in areas with passing surveillance, good lighting and with clear sightlines to neighbouring properties.
Tips and tricks
While walking minimally requires just a pair of shoes, there are a number of things that can help make the journey more comfortable for longer walks. These include:
- Wearing the right footwear. Get properly fitted athletic shoes with appropriate heel and arch supports. Choose for socks made from light wool, CoolMax or polypropylene that will evaporate sweat and help prevent blisters.
- Wearing loose, comfortable clothing. Pants or skirts that restrict your leg motion should be avoided.
- Protect yourself from the sun with clothes, sunglasses, a hat and sun block.
- Carry waterproof clothing to avoid getting wet. An umbrella can keep you dry in some conditions. For long distances try a waterproof and breathable rain jacket.
- Use a backpack. A briefcase or shoulder bag is uncomfortable for walks longer than a few minutes and can cause a repetitive strain to your neck, shoulder, elbow or wrist. Switching to an appropriate backpack will help carry the load while maintaining good posture.
- Carry a water bottle and replenish your fluid levels.