Established Organizations

Case Studies

Coalition Pilots Walking School Bus to Combat Childhood Obesity

Healthy West Kendall is an initiative powered by West Kendall Baptist Hospital but driven by the community, with vision of becoming the Healthiest Community in Florida.  The goal is to inspire the residents to think differently about their health and the health of the community.  This includes from the food residents eat to the way … Continue reading Coalition Pilots Walking School Bus to Combat Childhood Obesity

100 Years of Walking

Fifty-nine years ago Donald Bean’s youngest son was born. Mr. Bean was 40 years old, living in Philadelphia with his wife and their two older boys, and he decided that he needed to take steps toward a long life. He wanted to improve his chances of a long, healthy life so he decided to go for a jog … Continue reading 100 Years of Walking

100 Years of Walking – Advice on Getting Started

This article is part of a larger series of interviews with Mr. Donald Bean. For the full series, click here. For Mr. Bean walking is not just an effective form of transportation around his community, it is the exercise his body needs and it is wellness for his mind. Mr. Bean is proof of the … Continue reading 100 Years of Walking – Advice on Getting Started

100 Years of Walking – Benefits of Walking

This article is part of a larger series of interviews with Mr. Donald Bean. For the full series, click here. The benefits of walking for Mr. Bean extend far beyond the long lasting connection to his family and into overall personal and community wellness. The advantages he finds when he takes those steps are ones … Continue reading 100 Years of Walking – Benefits of Walking

Walking as a Practice

Walking as a Practice Download the Full Report Here Walking as a Practice begins with choosing to walk for reasons other than transportation. When we individually or collectively choose to walk, we are doing more for ourselves, for each other, and for our communities than we could ever imagine. The idea of Walking as a … Continue reading Walking as a Practice

Fulton County, GA Takes Steps Towards Walkability

On, September 25, 2015, in a packed work-session, filled with local leaders and decision makers, Fulton County took a giant step forward in addressing generations of needed transformations, regarding health disparities. Mark Fenton a national walkability expert conducted the first of several work sessions, tours and audits of several marginalized communities in Fulton County. During … Continue reading Fulton County, GA Takes Steps Towards Walkability

Sussex County, NJ – Creating Healthier Lives One Step at a Time

Sussex County, New Jersey is working collaboratively to create life-changing healthy habits.  In 2008, Sussex County was selected for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Pioneering Healthier Communities (PHC) initiative.  PHC is a community leadership strategy to facilitate active living and healthier eating through policy and environmental changes.  Through this initiative, the Sussex County YMCA served as the … Continue reading Sussex County, NJ – Creating Healthier Lives One Step at a Time

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

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

Discussion Forums

Connecting the Dots- Region IX Town Hall

America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, in partnership with the Region IX, Office of the Regional Health Administrator in the US Department of Health and Human Services, was excited to host an electronic town hall meeting for advocates and organizations in Arizona, California, Hawaii and Nevada on Tuesday May 24th at 2pm PDT. The Walking and Walkable Communities … Continue reading Connecting the Dots- Region IX Town Hall

Show Me the Money: Fundraising for Local Walking Campaigns

Now, more than ever, fundraising is more challenging, as resources are not as plentiful and accessible as they once were. This discussion forum will talk about the ups and downs of fundraising for local walking campaigns and some strategies and interventions used in successful fundraising. Hear from experts in the field with diverse backgrounds and … Continue reading Show Me the Money: Fundraising for Local Walking Campaigns

Public Health and Walking: Turning Policy and Programs into Action

This discussion forum will explore the intersection between transportation, walking and public health and discuss activities that support both policy development and implementation. The audience will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and join the discussion on how to continue to empower the public health and transportation communities to work together.

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

Research Studies

The Walking College: A Human Capacity Development Strategy for Growing the National Walking Movement

At America Walks, we see examples of the power of advocates on a daily basis. This is just one reason why we created our successful Walking College program, an interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Over the past two years, we have worked with advocates from across the US to build skills, learn from … Continue reading The Walking College: A Human Capacity Development Strategy for Growing the National Walking Movement

2011 National Walking Survey Report

The present study aims to understand the underlying motivations for why people walk. The study focuses on “avid” walkers – individuals who walk frequently. The study addresses a number of key issues concerning the attitudes and behaviors of these enthusiastic walkers. View the related presentation here. 2011 National Walking Survey Results

Tactics

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Additional Resources

Want to learn more about how to design curb extensions or make crosswalks more visible and safer? Curious to see some examples of bicycle lane treatments? Here are some resources that should answer many of your questions. Download the Additional Resources Guide Here Every Body Walk! Guide-Additional Resource

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Getting The Community On Board

Some members of your community will immediately embrace the idea of creating a more walkable environment. But others may have never given it a thought, and won’t even know what it really means, let alone why it’s a good thing or how to get there.  Here are four things a community can do to build … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Getting The Community On Board

Every Body Walk! Getting Started Guide

Many communities aspire to make themselves more walkable and livable, embracing the idea that it can improve health, the environment, even the economy.  This brief describes a number of pilot or gateway projects that are ideal “starter” activities. Download the Guide Here Getting Started Guide

Every Body Walk! Getting Started Practice Briefs

The Every Body Walk! Collaborative and expert Mark Fenton are pleased to be able to offer this series of Getting Started Practice Briefs designed to provide local organizations and advocates with resources, knowledge and insider tips on how to make their communities more walkable. The data found in these guides came from key informant interviews with … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Getting Started Practice Briefs

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

Toolkits

Recognizing and Overcoming Individual Biases (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here. The resources and tools below aim to help individuals and organizations recognize biases and work to effectively address the impact these biases might have on their work. Recognizing one’s own biases is an important first step in … Continue reading Recognizing and Overcoming Individual Biases (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Education and Promotion of Walkable 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. The general promotion of walkable communities and the benefits that come with them can help develop communities that promote equity by engaging and informing community members on a variety of topics. Issues related to walkability, … Continue reading Education and Promotion of Walkable Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Walkable Communities Provide Opportunities to Work Together (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

This is a section of the Every Body Walk! Social Justice Toolkit. For more on the Toolkit, please click here. The work to create walkable communities and to promote physical activity provides opportunities to engage with otherwise marginalized segments of the community. Activities that are used to promote walkable communities can be used to bring new … Continue reading Walkable Communities Provide Opportunities to Work Together (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Walkable Communities Are Healthy 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 promote healthy communities in a variety of ways. The benefits of walkable places to physical and mental health are well-documented and should be afforded everyone. Walkable communities also provide opportunities for strengthening … Continue reading Walkable Communities Are Healthy Communities (EBWC Social Justice Toolkit)

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Social Justice Toolkit

At the 2015 National Walking Summit, several of our keynote speakers and presenters put forth the call to action that the walking movement use walkability to undo decades of injustice perpetrated across the U.S. from policies, programs and attitudes that fuel social and economic divisions along lines of class, race, income and other differences. It … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Collaborative Social Justice Toolkit

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Additional Resources

Want to learn more about how to design curb extensions or make crosswalks more visible and safer? Curious to see some examples of bicycle lane treatments? Here are some resources that should answer many of your questions. Download the Additional Resources Guide Here Every Body Walk! Guide-Additional Resource

Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Getting The Community On Board

Some members of your community will immediately embrace the idea of creating a more walkable environment. But others may have never given it a thought, and won’t even know what it really means, let alone why it’s a good thing or how to get there.  Here are four things a community can do to build … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Collaborative Resource- Getting The Community On Board

Every Body Walk! Getting Started Guide

Many communities aspire to make themselves more walkable and livable, embracing the idea that it can improve health, the environment, even the economy.  This brief describes a number of pilot or gateway projects that are ideal “starter” activities. Download the Guide Here Getting Started Guide

Every Body Walk! Getting Started Practice Briefs

The Every Body Walk! Collaborative and expert Mark Fenton are pleased to be able to offer this series of Getting Started Practice Briefs designed to provide local organizations and advocates with resources, knowledge and insider tips on how to make their communities more walkable. The data found in these guides came from key informant interviews with … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Getting Started Practice Briefs

Webinars

New Webinar: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion (March 21, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion Webinar Date/Time: March 21, 2017 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of … Continue reading New Webinar: Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion (March 21, 2017)

Path to a Walkable Future Webinar (February 8, 2017)

Walkable communities are the most successful when people come together to create a place where every person has safe, accessible and enjoyable active transportation. What kind of coalitions and partnerships have worked best in creating walkability? How can walking advocates work with other sectors to create vital and vibrant communities for the future. Join us … Continue reading Path to a Walkable Future Webinar (February 8, 2017)

Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide (February 1, 2017)

America Walks is excited to partner with National Quality Forum to share The Action Guide, an important resource for coming together to create healthy communities. The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success and using the related resources as needed. Like … Continue reading Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide (February 1, 2017)

Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking (January 11, 2017)

The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal phsyical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful tool. Learn how individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of walking to create lasting positive change. This webinar is intended for our advocates just getting started on the walking path as well … Continue reading Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking (January 11, 2017)

New Webinar: A Path to a Walkable Future

Register Here Webinar Title: A Path to a Walkable Future Date/Time: Wednesday, February 8th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About this Webinar Walkable communities are the most successful when people come together to create a place where every person has safe, accessible and enjoyable active transportation. What kind of coalitions and partnerships have … Continue reading New Webinar: A Path to a Walkable Future

America Walks 2017 Webinar Series

America Walks is excited to announce our 2017 Webinar Series. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month as we explore the topics, questions and resources that are critical to building the walking movement. Mark your calendars and stay tuned for more information on each webinar! Series 1: Walkable Communities in the 21st Century The … Continue reading America Walks 2017 Webinar Series

New Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability (January 11th, 2017)

Register Here Title of Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability Date/Time: Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About this Webinar The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal phsyical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful … Continue reading New Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking and Walkability (January 11th, 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)

Grading the Walking Movement Webinar (July 12 2016)

America Walks, in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and YMCA of the USA, offered a chance to go back to school and measure the efforts of the walking movement through the recently released 2016 State Report Cards. The 2016 State Report Cards provide a snapshot of how supportive each state is … Continue reading Grading the Walking Movement Webinar (July 12 2016)

Engaging Local Ballot Initiatives (June 28th Webinar)

This informational webinar on June 28th presented on Local Ballot Initiatives and how they can be used to support work being done at the local level. The webinar showcased the tools and resources available at the Center for Transportation Excellence and heard from two professionals who work in the transit field and have used Ballot Initiatives … Continue reading Engaging Local Ballot Initiatives (June 28th Webinar)