Rochester is one of the most beautiful cities in New York, offering views of stunning natural scenery and a thriving downtown. However, it is also one of the most congested cities in the US, making driving a headache for residents and visitors alike. Fortunately, there are plenty of reasons to leave your car behind and start walking instead. From mental health benefits to reduced carbon footprint, Rochester’s sidewalks offer many advantages that cars don’t.
Save On Maintenance Costs
If you already own a car, you might still need to shell out money for maintenance. For instance, modern cars need oil changes every 5,000 to 7,500 miles. For those of us who don’t drive a lot, this can mean spending hundreds of dollars for maintenance every few months. By contrast, walking does not require any costly repairs or upkeep, and you don’t need to worry about paying those hefty insurance premiums either.
Improves Mental Health
Going for a walk has been shown to reduce stress levels, improve memory and focus, and alleviate depression. Walking in Rochester is especially beneficial because of its picturesque natural settings. Whether it’s along the Genesee River or through one of the city’s many parks, there are plenty of opportunities to get out into nature and clear your head.
In addition, an estimated 1% of new cars, or 150,000 cars every year, are lemons, meaning they can’t be easily fixed due to manufacturing issues. Instead of stressing about your car, you can forget about it and reap the mental health benefits of walking.
Reduces Carbon Footprint
Cars are one of the biggest contributors to air pollution, yet many people still rely on them for transportation. By choosing to walk instead of driving, you can make a big difference in Rochester’s carbon footprint. Every mile not driven is one less mile of harmful emissions. Plus, walking is a more sustainable form of transportation that requires no additional resources or energy.
If your commute is a bit longer, there’s also the option of biking. Biking has many of the same benefits as walking, with the added bonus of increased speed.
Reduce Chances of Costly Car Accidents
According to the latest figures, auto accidents can cost drivers between $15,000 and $63,000, with the average cost being $30,000 to $40,000. However, if you’re a pedestrian, you don’t have to worry about fender benders or expensive medical bills. Walking is a much safer form of transportation that reduces the risk of a costly accident.
Socialize With Others
Instead of being stuck in your car all day, consider talking to other Rochester residents as you walk. There’s something wonderfully social about walking together down a city street, talking and sharing ideas with other people who live in the same area. Plus, it’s a great way to meet new people and build relationships!
Improve Physical Health
Walking is a great way to get in shape and stay healthy. Whether you’re aiming to lose weight or get some exercise, walking is an excellent way to work out without purchasing expensive gym equipment or paying for a membership.
Not only does it burn calories, but it also helps improve your cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of diseases such as diabetes and hypertension. Start out by going for short walks around your neighborhood, and then gradually increase the distance as you become more comfortable.
If you’re looking for an affordable and sustainable way to get around Rochester, start walking! Not only will it save you money on maintenance costs and reduce your carbon footprint, but it also offers many mental health benefits and reduces the chances of an expensive car crash. Put on your comfortable shoes and take advantage of all that walking offers!
Everyone values a bright smile. Of course, there is a large majority of people that were not born with a smile they feel confident in. Luckily, there are plenty of treatment options available that can give you that million-dollar smile that you feel proud of. However, if you live in the city, you may notice an influx of providers. It can be difficult to find a dentist that meets all of your needs. Use these tips when searching for a new dentist in Rochester!
In interpreting the recent technological developments and improvements within the investments markets, one must keep at heart that the marketplace is not static and neither can it be classified as totally ‘modern’. For instance, with the creation of lasallefinance.co.uk the world wide web technology, various markets including the financial marketplaces have been able to function in a much more quickly rate. Similarly, even in the last decade, after many years of battling the problems associated with the Internet, it is now clear the fact that market is starting to address some of these issues in a fairly extensive way. Therefore, when one research the market with this context, you ought to clearly make sure to distinguish between different technological advancements that have occurred in this regard. One can clearly locate a number of good examples to support this kind of a view.
Currently, Rochester is experiencing a mixture of wintry precipitation and snow, which is solidifying into icy road conditions as well as slick sidewalks. Furthermore, as ice collects on power lines, they become weighed down and more likely to break. This is causing power outages that could potentially last for days. Therefore, it has generally been advised that Rochester residents prepare heavily for the winter storms, taking into mind not only the road conditions over the course of the storm, but also the items that they will need in order to stay safe at home.
The COVID-19 has had far-ranging impacts on all aspects of life and the economy. With schools, restaurants, and gyms closed, perhaps permanently, life has been upended for millions.
Some of the most harrowing effects of this include things like divorce and increased drug use. Studies have shown that those who get regular physical activity are 30 percent less likely to get depression. However, the closure of gyms threatens even folks who would normally be quite active.
This can have cascading effects in all aspects of life, including marriages. Relationships are strained, sometimes leading to divorce in these troubled times.
Imagine there was a way to do just a little extra work, but to make a huge difference doing it. Gloria Grattan, a local eight year old, has imagined just that and is hoping that you and the rest of Rochester can join in and lend a hand by growing just a little extra in your garden this summer (or gardening for the first time, if you don’t already!).
Temperatures are falling and the Fringe Fest is a distant memory. Well, technically it’s only a few days in the past, but given the rapid change in temperature it feels like a season ago.
This was the fourth year for the First Niagara Fringe Festival, but it was the first time I’d ever attended. I love Rochester and I love going downtown. But to be honest, I generally avoid events where there are lots of people or the potential for traffic congestion. Since I had a press pass, though, I decided to take full advantage of it, and for 10 days I immersed myself in the fun.
And I do mean fun. Here are a few of the highlights from my week at the Fringe…
Back in May, we noted National Nurses Week with a piece on Ida Jane Anderson, New York State’s first registered nurse. John Zicari, a reader from York, Maine, wrote to tell me that he’d been doing some genealogical research on his family from Rochester, and shared a family photo of his great aunt, Katherine Fitzgerald Osborn. She was a nurse at what John had been told was Rochester’s Park Avenue Hospital. There’s no date on the photo but, John says, “She died in 1925 so it is pretty early picture of the facility.”
I love genealogy and especially old photos. But I had to confess: I’d never heard a hospital on Park Ave. Cafes? Yes. Art galleries? Yes. A hospital? No.
But as my grandfather used to say, you learn something new every day…
Driving down East Main Street recently, I spotted the name “Martha Matilda Harper” engraved on a building near the old Beech Nut packaging plant. My interest was piqued, since the building at 1233 East Main Street currently houses Tire Trax sales and service. It turns out that the facility is the former laboratories for Martha Matilda Harper, Inc.
I can’t believe that I’d never heard of Martha Matilda Harper, but we can thank her for just about everything having to do with our modern salon experiences, as well as her groundbreaking business methods that pioneered modern retail franchising…
The First Niagara Fringe Festival is winding down, with just tonight and tomorrow left to check out some of the fun. I’ve been blogging daily on my personal blog about the festival, so hop over there to see everything I’ve been up to this week. But if you’re hitting the festival for the first time this weekend, here are a few things that you can still catch…
The First Niagara Fringe Festival opened this week, with over 500 shows happening at more than two dozen venues over ten days. But the heart of the Fringe is the Spiegelgarden, located at the corner of Main and Gibbs Streets, across from the Eastman Theater. There are shows, artwork, food and more, including the centerpiece Spiegeltent, which is home to the Cabinet of Wonders, Princess Wendy’s Late Night Tease Room, comedian Jamie Lissow, Silent Disco and Brown Bag Disco.
I confess I’ve never been to the Fringe, now in its fourth year, but after I did the Remote Rochester tour this week I just had to go downtown for opening night festivities at the Spiegelgarden. What amazing wonders await you! Here are a few of the things happening at One Fringe Place…
The opening of a medical marijuana dispensary in Kodak’s old Theater on the Ridge at Eastman Business Park has recently been in the news . Columbia Care will turn the leaves, stems and stalks of the cannabis plant into medicine for people with cancer, AIDS, epilepsy, and other neurological conditions. The facility is expected to be up and running this January…
I’ve got a bit of a dilemma reviewing the Remote Rochester event at this year’s First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. If I tell you too much, I might give away some of the surprises and ruin the experience. If I don’t tell you enough, you may not understand what it’s all about and miss what might be the most fascinating journey you’ll take through the streets of Rochester.
So I need to find a balance. I’ll begin with this question:
Do you trust me?
If there’s a cemetery tour happening in Rochester, you can be sure I’m there. For anyone interested in local history, there’s no better place to find unusual stories and bits of trivia, and I’m fascinated by the history buried all around us.
A few weeks ago, the City of Rochester hosted the annual Genesee River Romance weekend celebrating the Genesee River and its surrounding trail and gorge system. In 2014, I took full advantage of the weekend of events that include tours of the old subway and aqueducts, the Rundel Library, the Falls, and cemeteries. Somehow, I missed the adverts for this year’s event, so I only had time to catch one thing: the tour of Charlotte Cemetery…
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
Industrial & Rapid Transit Railway (the subway) was built in
its place as a link between the five different railroads and interurban trolley
lines that served the Rochester area. As the industrial landscape of Rochester
changed, and highways replaced the railroads, the Rochester subway gradually
became a relic of a bygone era. In 1956 the subway was abandoned and much of
its route was converted into Interstate 490 built to connect Rochester
with the New York State Thruway (I-90). Read more about the history of the Rochester Subway.
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