News Archive : 2010 : May

Hurry – early registration ends on Memorial Day!

May 30, 2010

Chattanooga, Tennessee, host to ProWalk/ProBike® 2010, has much to boast about, including a walkable downtown, electric transit opportunities, a heavily used river trail, mountain biking within minutes of town and the restored Walnut Street Bridge, which serves as the basis for the 2010 event logo.  Read more >

Q & A with Transportation Secretary LaHood

May 23, 2010

The United States transportation secretary, Ray LaHood, recently caused a stir when he proclaimed that bicycling and walking should be given the same consideration as motorized transport in state and local transit projects.  Read more >

Safe Routes to School Programs Encourage Active, Safe Trips to School

May 21, 2010

In April, First lady Michelle Obama issued a nationwide challenge to solve the epidemic of childhood obesity within a generation. Walking and bicycling to school are great steps families can take to get America’s kids moving, and new national data show how much work remains to get children out of the car and on to their feet or bikes.  Read more >

Supermarkets as anchors for a walkable America

May 19, 2010

by syndicated columnist Neil Pierce, The Seattle Times

Supermarkets surrounded by acres of asphalt. Pushcarts heavily loaded with groceries wheeled out, the haul stashed in car trunks. Always a drive often several miles to get food. We perfected the buy-and-drive model from the post-World War II expansion onward. But is it necessarily the future?  Read more >

White House Childhood Obesity Report Includes Complete Streets

May 17, 2010

The First Lady’s Childhood Obesity task force released a report on May 11, and it includes a recommendation for including complete streets in the transportation reauthorization! Thanks to our partners that were involved in this effort and promoted complete streets!  Read more >

Empowering Missouri to Make Healthy Choices

May 15, 2010

America Walks Board Member Ian Thomas reports on the inspiring Unite for Healthy Neighborhoods (U4HN) Community Workshop. The goal was to empower Columbia, MO, residents to make healthy choices . Hosted by the Healthy Environment Policy Initiative (HEPI) project team, the event brought together community leaders, national speakers, citizens, and advocates all focused on creating a healthy environment for children. Read more >

Making Pedestrian Travel Easier

May 13, 2010

Talking Signs technology is an infrared wireless communications system that provides remote directional human voice messages that make confident, independent travel possible for vision impaired and print-handicapped individuals.  Read more >

Illinois Pedestrian Safety Steps Up with Passage of HB 43

May 11, 2010

Congratulations to America Walks member group Active Transportation Alliance for their work on this issue! Advocates for safe and accessible transportation are celebrating the Illinois Assembly’s passage of HB 43, a measure that will drastically improve pedestrian safety in Illinois.  Read more >

2010 Equal Footing Summit

May 9, 2010

Details now available for the no cost, 2010 Equal Footing Summit, sponsored by America Walks and the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals!  Click here or click on the new Equal Footing button to the left!