Common Questions

What is a walking partner?

A walking partner is a companion, a buddy, a friend, who makes walking a fun and easy way to get some exercise. Walking with someone is inspiration to get up, put on your shoes and step into the outdoors. She’s someone who lives in your town or nearby and helps expand your connection to community by talking and walking.

Meeting a member for the first time; when and where is the best place to meet?

We think this is an important question that can be confusing. No, we don’t find walking partners for you. We provide the space and the place where you can find your own walking buddy. We are a DIY site 🙂 The more women who join, the more opportunity for you to find many women to meet for walks. As a member, you can search for members in the area you like to walk and you can Invite Friends to join. We believe women can DIY!

Meeting a member for the first time; when and where is the best place to meet?

The real statement is, “Why you WANT a walking partner?” SO many reasons! Walking is relaxing, stress relieving and great to do with a friend. It may be that you just moved to a new town and want to feel more at home. Maybe your walking partner’s schedule has changed. Or maybe you’re a new Mom who wants company with another Mom. Perhaps it’s that you want to walk places that you don’t feel safe going alone. You want to lose weight and want to walk with someone else who wants to lose weight. Or you’re visiting somewhere and don’t know the area and want someone to show you around. Maybe it’s simply that you want company.

Meeting a member for the first time; when and where is the best place to meet?

Safety is your first priority. Always use your best judgement. Take your time communicating online first. When you have a sense of the person, we suggest that you meet for the first walk in a public area. It’s great fun to walk around your neighborhood or downtown streets. Stop for a coffee or snack, talk to other pedestrians. It’s a perfect time to experience the life of the community and lead to wonderful conversations about where to walk next.

Why is there a subscription for membership?

We provide the space and the place and you get the access to all members throughout the state of California. Plus, you get the flexibility to walk when you want to walk and where you want to walk. You can walk with members who walk at your speed. Choose any member(s) to talk with by either a public message (other members can join in) or by private message. Traveling? Walk with a member that lives in the place you are visiting. Create local community where ever you go. Have one or two or ten walking partners. Invite Friends (link on your profile).

It’s a pain to fill out a profile. Is it really necessary?

Sorry to hear this, but yes, it is necessary. We’ve “streamlined” the process as much as we can to make it as efficient (and brief!) as we can. Why your is important because: as members, we choose our own walking partners and it’s natural to want to know something about the person we’ll be meeting. Feeling like you have something in common is a good way to start, including how fast someone walks. Photos are are helpful, too. 

What do I do if I don’t find any members near me?

This is a possibility. Hang in there and keep checking back. We’re growing! Invite friends and women you know. There’s an Invite Friends tab on your profile page. Just because you know them doesn’t mean you know their walking schedule. This may be just the right place to connect with women you sort of know for walks.
Traveling for vacation or business? Connect with members where you travel and go out for a walk. Learn about the place you visit by expanding your network community of women while walking.

I travel frequently and miss going out for my walks when I’m in an unfamiliar place. Can I walk with members there, too?

Yes! This is a very important perk of membership. Women can network, build friendships and walk together everywhere. It’s so liberating to be able to get out for a walk in an unfamiliar place just by meeting up with another WomenWalking member. Travel and find a walking partner. Simply login and search for members by zip code, town or state and send them a message.

I’m in a wheelchair. How can I become a member?

Easy…We’d love for you to join us! WomenWalking is a diverse community and welcomes all women who have an interest in getting outside for fresh air, exercise and conversation to join. We all move at different speeds. We are all about community, laughter, networking and “walking.”

I love your website and want to join. Where can I add more details about myself so other members know more about me?

Wonderful! Register to Become a Member and you can fill out more about yourself on the Walking Preferences part of the profile. More information helps you and others to understand where and how you walk. 

Why do you need to know my age?

Due to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA), we are required to verify that all WomenWalking users are at least 13 years of age, however, WomenWalking requires that all users be at least 18 years of age (age of majority) in order to become a member of our community.

Sharing my personal information for “all the world to see,” is a concern for me. Will other members see everything in my profile?

We understand and appreciate the importance of your privacy and we make it our highest priority. Any information we ask for your profile is public information. Your last name and email address are hidden. Members do have the option to protect parts or all of their profile, although we don’t recommend hiding all of your profile because then members won’t be able to see anything about you. We recommend that you do not give out any of your personal information, such as telephone number, personal email, social security number or credit card info. 

How do I know it’s safe to use my credit card to make payment?

We use PayPal for all our secure payment transactions. PayPal is used by individuals and businesses around the world. Our site has no access to members’ credit card information. For more information about PayPal, please visit

I already walk with someone, but lately our schedules never seem to coincide. How can joining WomenWalking help me?

WomenWalking helps by adding to your circle of walking companions. You can conveniently contact as many members as you like, to meet for a walk when it fits your time frame. This flexibility benefits you because as a member, you have a network of women to connect with for walks when it works for you. 

What if I find a walking partner and don’t need WomenWalking anymore?

Fantastic! Your success is our best testimonial! It’s also a very good reason to continue your membership. Having several walking partners gives you flexibility to broaden your network of walking friends and times. Our lives are in continual flux and for only $5 a month, well, how can you go wrong?!