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  • August 26, 2014New Case Study From America WalksAmerica Walks is rolling out a new series of case studies featuring how elected officials are working to make their communities more walkable and increase walking. See our first one: Making the Case for Lower Residential Speed Limits.
  • August 13, 2014U.S. cities embrace "Vision Zero" to eliminate pedestrian fatalitiesThe Swedish-born Vision Zero approach to pedestrian safety is gaining momentum in U.S. cities, writes award-winning author Jay Walljasper.  In a new article - A New Vision to Fix the Tragedy No One Ever Thinks About - Walljasper explores the pedestrian safety crisis in the U.S. and efforts underway to address it. More than 4,500 pedestrians are killed by motor vehicles on U.S. streets each year, while another 68,000 are injured, according to the National Complete Streets Coalition's Dangerous by Design report. Around the world, the crisis is more dire, with more than 270,000 pedestrians killed each year, according to a 2013 report by the World heath Organization. Read more >
  • August 7, 2014America Walks Supports National Stop on Red WeekThis week, America Walks is supporting the National Stop on Red Week initiative sponsored by the National Coalition for Safer Roads.  NCSR is partnering with organizations and communities across the country to raise awareness about the dangers of red-light running during National Stop on Red Week. Each day of the week is dedicated to different aspects of road safety, useful statistics and information, and messages from supporters. The NCSR website provides tools and resources useful to help promote National Stop on Red Week in local communities. For more information, you can write to: info@NCSRsafety.org.
  • August 6, 2014Walking Institute To Be Featured at September Pro Walk Pro Bike Conference  A new Walking Institute program track will be featured at this September's Pro Walk Pro Bike conference in Pittsburgh. America Walks developed the special walking track along with the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute. "The Walking Institute is six session track that will provide information and skills designed to organize, orient and promote walking and local walking advocacy efforts," the Pro Walk Pro Bike conference website announced. Topics that will be covered at the institute include lessons on walkability, steps to building a local walking movement, how to start a community project, selecting an engineer for a project, and creating programs to get people walking. Registration for the September 8-11 conference and the Walking Institute is open now and interested parties are urged to sign up soon.  
  • August 1, 2014Walkers in low-income areas more likely to die in accidents, study showsPedestrians who reside in low-income communities die twice as often as those in wealthier neighborhoods, Governing Magazine has found. “Many [poorer] areas have been neglected from a transportation standpoint,” America Walks Executive Director Scott Bricker told the magazine. “We need to devote much more energy on providing safe transportation options for everyone. Walking is a basic human right.” Read more >