Without a doubt, walking is the most economical way to access the Twin Cities campus. The University offers an aesthetically pleasing atmosphere with plenty of foliage and green plazas in different areas of campus. During snowy or rainy days, visitors can walk between most University buildings in the comfort of tunnels and skyways – the Gopher Way.

Read the PTS Walking Guide

Estimated Walking Times

4th Street Ramp to Northrop Auditorium 6 minutes
Northrop Auditorium to Coffman 5 minutes
Coffman to Frontier Hall 9 minutes
Frontier Hall to U Rec Center 8 minutes
U Rec Center to Walter Library 7 minutes
Walter library to Sanford Hall 10 minutes
Willey Hall to Wilson Library 5 minutes
Wilson Library to 19th Avenue Ramp 3 minutes
10th Avenue Ramp to Walter Mondale Hall 9 minutes
Across the Washington Avenue Bridge 5 minutes
Carlson School to Cedar/Riverside light rail station 12 minutes
Lot S108 to St. Paul Student Center 8 minutes
St. Paul Student Center to St. Paul Gym 6 minutes
St. Paul Gym to Cargill Genomics Building 7 minutes
Cargill Genomics Building to Gabbert Raptor Center 5 minutes
Gabbert Raptor Center to Lot S101 6 minutes

Note: Times are appoximate and based on an average walking pace of three miles per hour. 

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Walking is a quick, economical, healthy way to get to and around campus. Over 40% of undergrads travel to the U on foot.


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Sobering Pedestrian Facts

  • The fall months are the deadliest months for pedestrians, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
  • In 2014, 17 pedestrians were killed and 837 were injured. As of October 2015, 23 pedestrians were killed and 655 were injured.
  • About 30 percent of pedestrian crashes happen during the weekday rush hour driving time, defined as 6 to 9 a.m. and 3 to 6 p.m.
  • One out of every four pedestrian fatal crashes occurred between the hours of 9 p.m. and 3 a.m.
  • Male pedestrians are more likely than females to be killed or injured.
  • Males accounted for 76 percent of all pedestrian fatalities and 52 percent of all injuries in 2014.
  • The most cited contributing factors to all pedestrian crashes is driver failure to yield and driver distraction or inattention.

State of Minnesota facts 
provided by Minnesota Department of Transportation (Oct. 2015)