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2015 National Walking Summit Paves the Way to a Walkable America

The 2015 National Walking Summit took place in Washington, DC this week and hosted 500 participants at the premier event taking steps towards creating America a great place to walk. The Summit brought together organizations, advocates, businesses and leaders from local, state and federal government to discuss and advance a variety of topics related to the walking movement.

The Summit featured presentations on Vision Zero, Equity and Equal Access for All, Initiatives to increase Walking and Advocacy, and hosted workshops that had participants walking the talk as they took to the streets of DC. Panelists and moderators engaged and inspired participants and each other with current best practices, strategies for overcoming challenges and motivating stories of success. An evening program featured stories from the field and an energizing dance party that lasted well into the night.

The 2015 National Walking Summit offered participants the chance to hear from leading experts as well as several notable keynotes. Dr. Robert Bullard opened the conference with a passionate presentation titled “Is Walking a Right?” hitting a core theme of social justice that carried throughout the two and a half day conference. Lunchtime speakers U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Dr. Mark Rosekind,  Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, who demonstrated the commitment of the federal government to stay in step with leaders, advocates and on the ground local organizations working tirelessly to create safe and accessible walking conditions. The Summit concluded with an inspiring speech by Mr. Ron Sims, a public servant and leader, who motivated and empowered attendees to turn this information into action and continue their hard work back home not only as individuals but as part of a movement to alter what America is.

The 2015 National Walking Summit is produced by America Walks and co-hosted by the Every Body Walk Collaborative! It is sponsored by leading nationwide organizations including Kaiser Permanente, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, North Shore-LIJ Health System and the Knight Foundation. More information on the event can be found at www.walkingsummit.org