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Traffic Engineering - Yang Tao, Interim City Traffic Engineer & Parking Utility Manager

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Walk-tober 2021 – Another year to celebrate Walking in Madison

October is a great month for walking. The temperature is cooler and the fall colors are changing throughout the month.  Walk to work, walk to the store, and walk to pick up food. Walk before school or just walk for fun. Walk-tober 2021 features a set of walking route ideas each week to encourage you to get out and enjoy the season.  

We also have a Walk-tober Challenge to encourage you to keep walking all month and have fun prizes for everyone who completes it.

Join our “I saw it while walking” Photo Contest. First 15 people submitting photos get a prize. All photos will be featured at City of Madison Traffic and Parking Facebook page.

It is always encouraged to practice mindfulness and safety while participating in any event. Remember to stay home if you feel sick, keep physical distance when you are out walking and wear a mask if you will be near others. Public Health Madison Dane County has more information on staying safe and any current Public Health Orders.

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Get inspired on October 1 by looking at the Madison Public Library’s Walk-tober Reading List, which has book ideas for children and adults. Look for new books added to this list throughout the month and enjoy a book about walking when you prefer to stay inside (or for reading on a nice day under a tree).

WEEK 1 - From October 3-9 get out and do nature walks. Check out one of the many Madison Parks hiking trails or just walk looking for different birds, trees, flowers still in bloom or take in the view from one of our lakes or streams. Walk Ideas. In addition to this ideas, consider celebrating International Walk to School Day on Wednesday October 6th, and joining Walk to End Alzheimer’s hosted by memorial High School on Sunday October 3rd.

WEEK 2 - From Oct 10-16 check out some of Madison’s great public art by foot. Look for electric box art, murals, and sculptures and recently placed physical distance reminder art. You may also see art in people’s yards or in businesses if you look closely.  Walk Ideas

WEEK 3 - From Oct 17-23 find out more about Madison’s history on your walks. Features walks will include Native American mounds and walks in historical districts. Check out Madison’s Preservation Plan to find more locations of interest. Walk Ideas

WEEK 4 - From Oct 24-Oct 31 encourages you to get out and explore your own neighborhood. Try a different route than you normally walk and get a new perspective on where you live or stick to your favorite and reflect on what you enjoy about your neighborhood. Walk Ideas

If you see things that could make walking easier and safer, find out more about the City of Madison Traffic Engineering Neighborhood Programs and how you can be a part of improving your neighborhood. 


Walk or Wheel Challenge – The annual Dane County Walk or Wheel Challenge that engages schools in promoting walking, biking and wheeling each October is still happening in 2021. The challenge has been modified to include a month of virtual walk, bike and roll fun! Individual students and their families can participate in WOW Challenge activities or schools can sign-up to become eligible for a list of prizes and incentives to keep their community engaged.

StoryWalk – Dane County is hosting a StoryWalk along the trails at the Lussier Family Heritage Center just outside Madison along the Capital City Trail. Walk the trail and the pages of the featured book will unfold as you go. A new book is posted on the 15th of each month.

Walktober Park & Path Clean Up - Help Madison Parks and the City Traffic Engineering Division by cleaning up a trail or park. Before you head out for a walk, grab a few supplies, plot your course and stop at park or path and pick up trash along the way. Use the online interactive maps to find a path or park near you.

Place your filled trash bags at the edge of the park, near a paved path or in the trash can, if available. Be sure to follow up with an email to to alert us of the location and work completed. We request all volunteers complete and submit the Volunteer Release Form. Send any photos along as well. We love photos to share! Thank you in advance for keeping trails and parks clean!

Volunteers are reminded of the following:

  • This is a solo project or done with members of your household only.
  • No group projects.
  • Bring your own bags.
  • Use gloves and hand sanitizer.
  • A cloth face covering is recommended.

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