As part of our safety campaign, we are encouraging individuals, families, community organizations and local businesses to collectively walk 1,000,000,000 steps. As of today, our challenge participants have logged 30 million steps! You can join us on our quest to reach a billion steps.
There are a limited number of complimentary slots for the community to enroll in the Billion Step Challenge. Once registered, members can set daily goals and track their steps by syncing their compatible fitness devices or smart phone apps (i.e Fitbit, Jawbone, Apple Health, Google Fit, Moves). Weekly competitions allow participants to earn small prizes, but more importantly, bragging rights. Winners are promoted on social media with the hashtag #BillionStepChallenge.
The Billion Step Challenge is a natural way to support the city’s efforts to encourage more healthy activity and raise awareness about walking, biking and driving safely in Glendale.
Be Street Smart Glendale is a partnership and a call to action for everyone to work together to make our streets safer. Pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers all have a personal responsibility to make the road safer for everyone.
I enjoy riding my bike in Glendale, and easily convert my trips into steps that are added toward the Billion Step Challenge. It’s not just about walking, it’s about being active and helping Glendale reach the billion step goal.
- People aren’t walking enough. About 40% of car trips are shorter than 2 miles. We’re trying to change that behavior because we believe that the more motorists get used to seeing pedestrians out and about, the more they expect to encounter a pedestrian along their route and watch out for them.
- Walking is better for the environment. 60% of the pollution created by vehicles occurs in the first few minutes of a trip, before pollution control devices can kick in. In other words, shorter car trips cause more pollution than longer trips.
- Walking is good for you. Walking is a form of physical activity, it reduces stress, helps you sleep better and maintain a healthy weight. Walking regularly at a moderate intensity can even reduce a person’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and other diseases.
We have partnered with the Downtown Glendale Association, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale Healthier Community Coalition, Go Glendale, and Walk Bike Glendale to encourage their members to participate in the effort. We hope promote healthy lifestyles by uniting the entire community around a single goal. The average person takes about 2,000 steps to walk a mile. A billion steps would cover 500,000 miles, approximately the distance to navigate twice around the Earth. Where will you walk to today? Join the Billion Step Challenge.
*Information taken from the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Center
Winners of the #BillionStepChallenge weekly challenges.