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August 2016

August 18, 2016- America Walks Hosts Georgia Workshop
On Tuesday, August 9th, State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas, in partnership with Toole Design’s Ian Lockwood, facilitated a training workshop in Atlanta, GA for about 30 project officers and evaluation specialists with the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Read more

August 18, 2016- America Walks Hires New Fund Development Director
America Walks is excited to announce the hiring of our new Fund Development Director, Charlotte D’Ooge. Meet Charlotte here! 

August 15, 2016- Executive Director Mentioned in APA Publication
Executive Director Kate Kraft received a well-deserved shout-out in “Active Living: A Planning Subfield Comes of Age” in American Planning Association’s publication. The article speaks to the hard work done by in early stages of the active living movement. Read the article here.

August 11, 2016- Pokemon GO Offers Opportunity for Safe Walking
America Walks is excited that the world’s most popular app is luring millions of Americans off the couch and getting them moving. We believe the staggering success of Pokémon GO presents an opportunity to introduce enthusiasts – children and adults alike – to the benefits of walking while helping policy makers recognize the continued necessity of infrastructure and policies that support walking in our communities. Read More

August 10, 2016- America Walks Recommendations on Proposed Performance Measures Rule
America Walks and other members of the National Complete Streets Coalition wrote to Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx to urge him to reconsider the proposed rule which establishes performance measures for the National Highway System, freight movement on the Interstate system, congestion, and on-road mobile source emissions. The rule as it stands does not adequately account for people who walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation. To read our letter and recommendations, click here. 

August 10, 2016- New Webinar “First Mile, Last Mile- Connections to Transit”
Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because – together – they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car.  This webinar explores ways for transit advocates and walkable community advocates to work together to create solutions in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Learn more and register here.

August 4, 2016- America Walks Hosts Iowa Walkability Workshop
America Walks hosted a Walking Workshop at the Wellmark YMCA on Tuesday, partnering with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, the Center for Disease Control, the Project for Public Spaces, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa Economic Development Authority to discuss walking and walkability in Iowa’s communities. Read More 

August 2, 2016- America Walks Hosts Training with Center for Transportation Excellence
America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence hosted an in-depth training on local ballot measures. The online training was attended by advocates from the walking and transit world to discuss ways to work together to promote active transportation. The training follows on our introductory webinar found here. 

August 1, 2016- America Walks Hosts “Designing Places for People Webinar”
America Walks hosted a webinar “Designing Places for People” with experts from Blue Zones. The webinar was the fourth in the 2016 Walking College Webinar series. For more on the webinar and to view a recording, click here.