Making Lawrence More Walkable
-Keep sidewalks unobstructed. Where possible, place garbage and recycling bins awaiting pickup at the edge of the sidewalk so that people can easily pass. Put them away after pickup in a timely manner. Keep tree branches and other vegetation trimmed and avoid parking vehicles in a way that blocks sidewalks.
-Clear snow and ice from sidewalks and crosswalks. A city ordinance requires Lawrence property owners to clear snow and ice from sidewalks touching their property within 24 hours after a storm. Maintain traction by spreading salt, sand, cat litter, or a commercial ice-melting product.
-Pick up after your dog. It’s common courtesy and also the law. Be an advocate. If something makes it difficult to walk, report it! Call the Lawrence Department of Public Works at 978.620.3090 or Methuen Department of Public Works at 978.983.8545.
Walk Your Way to Health
-Walking is the simplest positive change you can make to improve your health. It lowers the risk of heart disease, diabetes and cancer, and it can help to reduce stress and maintain a healthy weight.
-Physical activity like walking also has a positive effect on learning and memory. Studies have shown that children who walk to school are better able to pay attention and are more prepared to learn.
-Build stronger, safer communities. Pedestrian activity puts more eyes on the street, making residential areas more neighborly and commercial districts more vibrant.
-Build stronger families. Walk with your children and their friends to school, or take a walk with your family after dinner. Families that walk together communicate better together.
It’s easy to incorporate walking into your day. You can run your errands on foot, or a walk can double as a social activity – bring a family member, your dog, a friend or a coworker along.