What is America Walks?
America Walks is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that leads a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our members are autonomous grassroots organizations from across the country, each working to improve conditions for walking in their area.
The mission of America Walks is to make America a great place for walking by working collaboratively to share knowledge, advance policies and implement effective campaigns to promote safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions for all.
To carry out our mission, we provide a web-based, online support network for local pedestrian advocacy groups. We offer advice about how to get started and how to be effective with public officials and engineering and design professionals.
Why a national coalition?
For decades, walking has been the forgotten mode of transportation. Yet walking is a critical component of our urban transportation system and a practical transportation choice with powerful benefits for both individuals and their communities. And the potential for increased walking is enormous: one quarter of all trips in the United States are less than one mile in length, but only a quarter of these are made by walking.
America Walks was founded in 1996 by four local groups who believed that local grassroots advocacy is necessary to help transform our country’s transportation system, and that a national coalition could help local groups grow and be more effective.
At the national level, America Walks works to increase funding for pedestrian transportation and promoting public policies that support walking.
Our shared vision
America Walks and its member organizations envision an America where every city street has sidewalks, where drivers always respect pedestrians, and where a ten-year-old can safely walk to buy a loaf of bread. You can help realize this vision!
Work with your neighbors to reclaim your street and your community. Help to design the transportation system of the future.
Above all, walk! Walk to the store, walk to work, walk your children to school, walk to visit your friends. Remember, you make a difference with every step you take.