Elected Officials

Case Studies

Walkable Town on the Prairie

America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, Walkable Town on the Prairie. The article looks at how the community of Albert Lea, MN is embracing a healthy lifestyles including walking are not just priorities for big cities. The town of 18,000 has been working towards the goal … Continue reading Walkable Town on the Prairie

What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere. The article highlights the growing trend of suburban leaders recognizing the power of walkable spaces to attract young people, families and businesses to their communities.  Jay examines Arlington County, VA, named one of … Continue reading What America’s Most Walkable Suburb Can Teach Towns Everywhere

San Francisco: Executive Directive

For being such a compact, walkable city, San Francisco was surprisingly dangerous for pedestrians. More than 3,500 pedestrians were injured in the city between the years of 2005 and 2008. The figure amounted to more than 800 annual average pedestrian injuries a year—more than 100 of which were severe or fatal injuries. San Francisco’s city … Continue reading San Francisco: Executive Directive

Chicago: Pedestrian Advisory Council

Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley created the Mayor’s Pedestrian Advisory Council (MPAC) in 2006 after learning that the city of Chicago had the third-highest number of pedestrian fatalities in the country. (Until then, regular safety-data analyses performed by the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning did not include pedestrian safety.) MPAC is co-chaired by the … Continue reading Chicago: Pedestrian Advisory Council

France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Inspired by Belgium’s 2004 street code, France adapted its street code in 2008 to reflect the philosophy that all street users should be able to move about safely, no matter their age, physical abilities, or mode of travel. The updated street code instituted a general principle of prudence, specifying that each street user must show … Continue reading France: Prioritize Pedestrians

Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Denver created a 2004 Pedestrian Master Plan as a response to previous citywide planning documents. Its 2000 Comprehensive Plan directed the city to provide more transportation choices and encourage modes that reduced impacts on urban environments. Blueprint Denver, which followed a year later, referred to the pedestrian environment as the city’s primary transportation element and … Continue reading Denver: Pedestrian Master Plan

Seattle: Performance Measures

Seattle’s Pedestrian Master Plan specified performance measures for each of its four main goals. Performance measures for its safety goal to reduce the number and severity of crashes involving pedestrians include: The rate of crashes involving pedestrians Vehicle speeds along identified corridors School participation in pedestrian-safety, education, and encouragement programs The incidence of safe behaviors by drivers and pedestrian, … Continue reading Seattle: Performance Measures

Minnesota: Complete Streets

The Minnesota Complete Streets Coalition has had remarkable success: Minnesota passed a Complete Streets policy in 2008 and then turned Complete Streets language into law in 2010. To date, 25 communities within the state have adopted Complete Streets policies. The Coalition’s success can be traced to the strength of its partnerships, which it has cultivated … Continue reading Minnesota: Complete Streets

Washington: Health Impact Assessments

The Clark County, WA, Public Health Department collaborated with the Department of Community Planning to conduct a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for the County’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. Adopted in 2010, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan identifies policies and projects to facilitate cycling and walking. The planning and public-health departments conducted an … Continue reading Washington: Health Impact Assessments

Cary: Subdivision Ordinances

Through the process of creating its 2001 Land Use Plan, the town of Cary, NC, formulated goals for itself: retain a sense of place, have a more human-scale and pedestrian-oriented environment, avoid strip development along arterials, focus commercial activity into discrete nodes, and increase connectivity. Street connectivity was seen as a way to foster a … Continue reading Cary: Subdivision Ordinances

Discussion Forums

Resources to Empower Your Community with Walking Initiatives

This webinar provides the local perspective on developing successful walking initiatives. Topics of discussion will include: The Walking Action Network-a program created to assist local communities with developing walking strategies designed to engage partners and local advocates in the walking movement Information about retreats and other resources available from the Alliance for Biking & Walking … Continue reading Resources to Empower Your Community with Walking Initiatives

Tactics

Use Walk Score to Your Advantage

The web-based real estate assessment tool Walk Score allows users, whether they are city-planning departments or individuals, to see and assess the walk-, bike-, and transit-friendliness of addresses and neighborhoods. Guidance Incorporate Walk Score into real estate evaluations to encourage development toward more walkable goals Incorporate Walk Score data into planning analyses for transit-oriented developments … Continue reading Use Walk Score to Your Advantage

Establish Walking Meetings at Work

Walking meetings are small-group business discussions that take place while walking, usually outdoors, instead of around a conference table. Guidance Determine the meeting agenda beforehand Determine the route and length of the walking meeting beforehand, taking into consideration the fitness and mobility levels of attendees Inform everyone they should wear comfortable shoes Schedule the walking … Continue reading Establish Walking Meetings at Work

Create a Safe Routes for Seniors Program

A Safe Routes for Seniors program targets pedestrian improvements in areas with senior centers, hospitals, and large numbers of senior residents. Guidance Demonstrate the need. Collect: Baseline data, such as the number, attributes, and circumstances of pedestrian crash injuries and fatalities Traffic volumes and speeds Population statistics by geographical distribution (e.g. area densities of senior … Continue reading Create a Safe Routes for Seniors Program

Create a Safe Routes to Transit Program

A Safer Route to Transit program targets pedestrian improvements around transit stops and the walking or cycling routes used to reach them. Guidance Demonstrate the need. Collect: Baseline data, such as the number, attributes, and circumstances of pedestrian crash injuries and fatalities Traffic volumes and speeds Ridership attributes (who arrives to stations and how) Population … Continue reading Create a Safe Routes to Transit Program

Create a Safe Routes to Schools Program

Safe Routes to School programs make it safe, convenient, and fun for children to be able to walk to and from schools. The program targets pedestrian and bicycle improvements around schools and is based on evaluation, education, encouragement, enforcement, and engineering Guidance Form a Safe Routes team at the school including parents, school officials, and … Continue reading Create a Safe Routes to Schools Program

Expand Driver’s Education into Mobility Education

Mobility education supplements traditional driver’s education to teach multimodal and trip-planning skills in addition to driving techniques. Mobility education informs students how to do the following: ride a bike, judge the walkability of streets and neighborhoods from a pedestrian’s perspective, take and plan transit trips, account for the financial responsibility of car ownership, compare the … Continue reading Expand Driver’s Education into Mobility Education

Use Apps to Encourage Walking

Using open-source data, geographic information systems, and mobile technology, software developers can create phone and online applications to tell people when the next train, taxi, or bus is coming, that there’s a fun landmark or park around the corner, or how to use a myriad of transportation systems effectively to get from point A to … Continue reading Use Apps to Encourage Walking

Start Up Jane’s Walks

Jane Jacobs Walk is a series of neighborhood walking tours (and/or bike rides, transit rides, or wheelchair rides) that helps community members learn and respond to the complexities of their city through personal and shared observation. All tours are given and taken for free and coordinated through the Center for the Living City, a nonprofit … Continue reading Start Up Jane’s Walks

Promote Park(ing) Day

Popularized by the San Francisco–based design group, Rebar, Park(ing) Day is an annual event on the third Friday of September during which activists and community groups legally take over a curbside parking spot and reinvent the space for pedestrian purposes. Groups have created public parks, public reading rooms, curbside cafes, bocci courts, and mini beaches … Continue reading Promote Park(ing) Day

Activate Streetscapes through Temporary Uses of Vacant Buildings and Sites

Organizing temporary uses of vacant buildings or land for socially beneficial purposes, which helps create safe dynamic streetscapes and walking destinations. Guidance Collaborate with local organizations to determine the temporary use The following elements are suggested for a community garden or urban farm: Water source Covered area Seating Bathroom Compost or worm bins Art installations … Continue reading Activate Streetscapes through Temporary Uses of Vacant Buildings and Sites

Toolkits

Walkable Communities Are Safe Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here. Walkable communities work to address safety as it relates to the built environment as well as other concerns, such as street harassment and violence. Efforts to create safe places for people to be physically active … Continue reading Walkable Communities Are Safe Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Webinars

The Right to Walk Webinar (March 8, 2017)

America Walks believes every individual should have the right to walk and be physically active. Access to safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to be active leads to healthy individuals, engaged communities, and stronger economies. Walking can be a form of exercise, a way to connect with friends and families, and a means to access transportation to … Continue reading The Right to Walk Webinar (March 8, 2017)

Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosted a policy briefing on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The briefing explored what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy and former Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) shared their intelligence and … Continue reading Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

New Webinar: Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration (January 5, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title:  Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration Webinar Date/Time: January 5th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About this Webinar Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in … Continue reading New Webinar: Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration (January 5, 2017)

Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities Webinar (October 13, 2016)

Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. This webinar discusses some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that … Continue reading Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities Webinar (October 13, 2016)

New Webinar- Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities

Webinar Title:  Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities Date and Time: May 5, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here  About the Webinar Join America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils for a webinar on May 5th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. The webinar will examine how federal transportation … Continue reading New Webinar- Partnering for Strong Economies: Regional Councils and Walkable Communities

Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities Webinar

Looking to increase resident engagement in your work? Need cash quickly for an urgent project? Trying to build an individual donor base to take your nonprofit to the next level? Curious about crowdfunding? This webinar with the crowdfunding nonprofit ioby will help you learn more about how crowdfunding can be both an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool … Continue reading Fundraising on the Move: Crowdfunding for Walkable Communities Webinar

Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky

America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continued by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. In the last few years, this partnership effort, led by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department for Public Health, has helped 30 communities across the state to develop, adopt and start to fund and … Continue reading Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky

New Webinar- Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky

Date and Time: Thursday, February 11th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Register Here About the Webinar America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continues February 11th by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. In the last few years, this partnership effort, led by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department … Continue reading New Webinar- Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky

Livable Communities for All Ages Webinar

America Walks is excited to partner with AARP for its first webinar of 2016. To meet its commitment to creating great places for people of all ages, AARP has developed several resources that should be in the toolbox of any walking advocate. AARP’s Jeanne Anthony will walk participants through two of their resources, the Livability … Continue reading Livable Communities for All Ages Webinar

Bringing It Home – the Call to Action and Elected Officials

America Walks and the National League of Cities was excited to be able to offer a webinar on how local elected officials can take advantage of the recently released Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities.  The webinar features a briefing on the Call to Action from the lead scientific writer of the document and … Continue reading Bringing It Home – the Call to Action and Elected Officials

White Papers

America Walks Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Measures of Traffic Congestion (Docket No. FHWA-2013-0054)

At America Walks, we work to make sure that all modes of transportation, including walking, rolling and biking, are included in federal transportation planning and measurement. We urge the Department of Transportation to change the recently proposed rule on how states and other metro areas will have to measure and address the so-called success of … Continue reading America Walks Comments on Proposed Rule Regarding Measures of Traffic Congestion (Docket No. FHWA-2013-0054)