Without a doubt, walking is the most economical way to access campus. The University offers an aesthetically-pleasing atmosphere with foliage and green plazas. 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

Campus Security

Did you know that trained security monitors are available 24/7 to walk or bike with anyone on campus? This FREE service is provided by the University of Minnesota Police Department. Call 612-624-WALK (4-9255 from any campus phone).

  • 135 monitors serve the U community.
  • Most nights, 12-15 security escorts are on hand.
  • Security monitors speak 20+ languages, including Russian, Japanese, Somali, Swahili and Nepali.

View the geographical service boundaries

Personal Safety Apps

Many apps have been created to supplement individual safety habits - check out Watch Over Me app* and Companion: Never Walk Alone app*, both featured in Parking Today Magazine.

'Mobile technology creates safe environment for women'

* This is not an endorsement for any individual app.  This information is provided for informational purposes only.

The Washington Ave Pedestrian Bridge Project


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)