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!
Snowsports in Rochester are meant to be exciting and memorable. Ice hockey is filled with intensity and speed, while cross-country skiing will leave you feeling breathless, exhilarated, and eager for more fun. When you come to Rochester, be sure to visit these five locations. These are the best places to participate in snow sports while you’re in Rochester.
Crafting has taken on a whole new life. People are finding that they can make desired goods that will make them a little money along the way. Plenty of crafting groups have sprung up on social media that specifically look at helping people in the Rochester area find ways to sell their lovely products, but it goes beyond that as well. There are many great places in the physical space of Rochester that are also great for selling products and making some extra money.
There is some unfortunate news regarding driving in Rochester, New York. The police and media have reported an increase in carjackings, and if you’re a driver you know that’s trouble. Carjackers are often armed, violent, and desperate to get away from the scene of a crime, making the situation very volatile if you’re unprepared or choose to fight back. Even though carjackings are on the rise, there is evidence that suggests that it’s still safe to drive in Rochester, so long as you know what you’re doing.
If you were one of the many people looking forward to the Rochester Auto Show this year, you’re unfortunately out of luck. COVID-19 and its spread have canceled this event for the year, leaving many people with few options for fun. Thankfully, there are still many things that you can do to keep yourself entertained and avoid pandemic boredom concerns. These ideas might just help you get through this tough time.
Welcome back, readers! In this edition of Filling In, let’s take another look at Parcel 5. Before we get started, quickly refresh by scouting the last time we discussed this site. I apologize in advance that this article probably isn’t going to cover much more about what I think should be done with the site, rather, what should probably not be done, and why…
It will actually be warm soon—and stay warm. But, when you live in upstate NY you don’t necessarily wait for the ground to thaw to start your housing search. Smart shoppers know the best spots don’t last long on the market, whether it’s a new build, a fixer upper or a historic landmark. Now there’s another tool you can add to your home buying tool box.
The City of Rochester, City Council, and the Rochester Coalition for Neighborhood Living have launched Celebrate City Living , a new program to help homebuyers and renters learn about the benefits of living in the city and find the resources to make it easier to buy or rent a home in Rochester…
When we last spoke, it was Halloween, and we were on the eve of our first zoning board of appeals and preservation board hearings. It’s now March and we’ve been to two hearings for each board, and spoiler alert, we’ve received approval(s) from each. Yay! But now that we’re here, let’s take a look at the process and all the fun we had…
And now for the final chapter of our little zoning adventure. This is the part where you, the gentle reader, are given the opportunity to read a final few hundred words about the kinds of zoning changes that would really make a difference in Rochester. If that sounds terrible (it might be), don’t click on.
You may have noticed the City of Rochester went red last night. February is American Heart Month and buildings including Xerox Tower, Kodak Tower, One East Avenue, Rundell Library, and City Hall were lit up to show support for National Wear Red Day and raise awareness about heart health…
Well, it had to come to this – a whirlwind article about everything else in Rochester. We’re going to run the gamut from Industrial, to all the Center City District (CCD) zones to Open Space, and everything inbetween. Buckle Up…
Here’s a quick update on a story we brought attention to exactly five years ago. On this empty lot (shown above) once stood 72 Conkey Avenue. The old 19th century Victorian storefront had been the subject of a demolition-vs-rehabilitation debate—one between the City of Rochester and neighborhood resident, Jim Fraser, who has restored a handful of neglected homes in the area. Jim saw 72 Conkey as a diamond in the rough…
Hope your heart is still racing from our introduction to Zoning last week, because this week we’re talking about residential zoning in Rochester!
Contrary to common knowledge, residential zoning isn’t exclusively for residences (nor is commercial zoning exclusively for commercial – it’s a good place to build apartments, in fact). That said, Rochester has 3 specific residential zones that we’re discussing here. Grab your bow tie and let’s go…
Well readers, this is it. The series of articles you’ve been waiting for your entire life without even knowing it. That’s right, we’re going to talk about zoning, and more specifically, zoning in Rochester. I’ve been known to refer to zoning as the last bastion for the wicked, and over the next few weeks, I look forward to pleading my case.
Yesterday we took a bike ride down inside the Inner Loop with Matthew Ehlers to see how Rochester’s “big fill” was progressing. Quite nicely I’d say. But once filled, the next question becomes, what will fill the void.
RocSubway reader Ben Voellinger pointed us to a recent document posted to the City’s website that outlines recommendations for future development(s) along the new Union Street. Thanks Ben! Let’s take a look…
On Saturday, April 25th, from 11am to 7pm, Arnett Boulevard between Rugby Avenue and Wellington Avenue in southwest Rochester’s 19th Ward Neighborhood will come alive with events, artwork, and temporary small businesses.
This Better Block project, in the historic Arnett Trolley Stop District, is part of a nation-wide movement to demonstrate possibilities for revitalizing urban neighborhoods.
Rochester’s Southeast Quadrant will take part in Community Solar NY, a program designed to make investing in solar power easier and more affordable for local residents and businesses. The Solarize Flower City program kicks off with neighborhood workshops starting in May, where residents and business owners can learn about the program…
Last week we paid a final visit to the abandoned Sykes Datatronics building on Orchard Street . This week we take a look at recent work submitted by RIT Architecture students that reimagines this former industrial site as a new and robust community center…
After the Erie Canal was rerouted south of downtown Rochester, the Rochester
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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
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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
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