America Walks is committed to mobilizing individuals, organizations and businesses to increase walking and walkability in America. Walkable communities help to promote physically, mentally and economically healthy neighborhoods, with studies consistently finding benefits to increasing walkability in all types and sizes of cities. Please take the time and consideration to endorse the Vision Statement for a Walkable America and join America Walks as it assembles a powerful network to continue to work towards a Walkable America. Together, we can promote and defend walkability for everyone.
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By 2020, walking in everyday life is embraced across America. Streets and neighborhoods are safe and attractive public places that encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and incomes to walk for exercise, recreation, and transportation. Walkable community policies promote health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and social equity.
Principles for a Walkable America
- People of all abilities can safely walk and move along and across all streets in their communities.
- Communities of all sizes are designed so that most people can walk comfortably to places where they work, study, shop, play, and pray.
- States, counties, and cities revise existing transportation and development policies, standards, and programs to encourage walking, bicycling, and transit use.
- Transportation and development design decisions explicitly consider public health outcomes.