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Downtown to Defiance to Celebrate ‘Human-Powered Transportation’

The City of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma will host the sixth annual Downtown to Defiance event on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The seven-mile walk celebrates the “human-powered transportation” of walking.

The Downtown to Defiance walk runs along the Thea Foss Waterway and Commencement Bay. It starts at South 21st Street at the Foss Waterway Esplanade and continues on to Dock Street, Schuster Parkway, Ruston Way, and ends at the Waterwalk near Pt. Defiance Park.

Participants can join the walk at any point on the course. Food trucks, electric bike rides, kayaking, bubble soccer and other activities will take place along the way.

On any given day, hundreds of walkers stride the streets of downtown Tacoma, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation’s bicycle and pedestrian count portal. In 2017, 220 pedestrians passed a checkpoint at Market St. and S. 9th St. between 7 and 9 a.m.  The numbers were higher between 4 and 6 p.m. when 308 pedestrians passed the site. The numbers are consistent with other checkpoints around the downtown core, as well as checkpoints in the Olympia downtown area.

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