New Advocates

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 Year of Walking – Safety Considerations for All Users

This article is part of a larger series of interviews with Mr. Donald Bean. For the full series, click here. Some people may say that walking on a daily basis like Mr. Bean does is impossible in their communities and sadly they may be right. Safe and well-maintained physical environments are important to making walking … Continue reading 100 Year of Walking – Safety Considerations for All Users

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

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

Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns: Follow-Up Discussion Forum

America Walks Discussion Forum:This forum is a follow-up to the webinar on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. Presenters share success stories from three New Jersey communities: The connection between “place-making” and walkability in Bloomfield; An employee walking program in Montclair that … Continue reading Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns: Follow-Up Discussion Forum

Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the Right People

To bring about social change in a local area, activists and community leaders must lead the effort by working together. This expert panel follow-up discussion featured speakers from AARP and Safe Routes to School National Partnership who discussed innovative ways to engage the change agents in your communities to help make them more livable & … Continue reading Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the Right People

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

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

Advocacy Tactics

Step #1: Assess Your Organization and Network of Supporters It is important to do a self-assessment prior to or while you are defining the issue. The more people who help with a campaign, the more success you will have. Identify your prospective partners and discuss who you are and what your interests are. Allow your … Continue reading Advocacy Tactics

Collect Pedestrian Data

This refers to a systematic approach of counting pedestrians and walking activity within a defined area or jurisdiction. Data-collection methods are continually evolving but typically include manual counts, automatic recording technologies, origin-destination surveys, geographic-information-systems (GIS) analysis of census and land-use data, as well as intercept surveys. Databases of pedestrian information should catalog pedestrian crash locations … Continue reading Collect Pedestrian Data

Toolkits

Walkable Communities are Healthy, Wealthy & Wise: A Fact Sheet from the Transit-Walkability Collaborative

 Walking and public transportation are complements. Walking is an efficient way to complete essential journeys within a neighborhood, while transit provides affordable mobility between neighborhoods. According to recent research, 80% of regular riders access transit by walking. Because of this synergy, walkable, transit-rich communities provide significant economic savings and other benefits to residents and local … Continue reading Walkable Communities are Healthy, Wealthy & Wise: A Fact Sheet from the Transit-Walkability Collaborative

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! Communications Training and Toolkit

Welcome to the Every Body Walk! Messaging and Media Training Toolkit! In late 2014 and early 2015, Every Body Walk! led a national collaborative process to develop an engaging consumer message that would motivate more people to walk and bring awareness to the importance of walkable communities. Through this process, we identified a set of audience priorities and key … Continue reading Every Body Walk! Communications Training and Toolkit

Right of Way in the Crosswalk

Walking across the street is one of the most basic functions of life in a big city or small town, but can also be the most dangerous activity done each day. In order to arm advocates, America Walks and the law firm Swanson, Thomas, Coon, and Netwon have developed: Article that describes successful legal reforms  … Continue reading Right of Way in the Crosswalk

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

Webinars

Exploring the Great Outdoors Webinar (April 12, 2017)

The outdoors offers beautiful places to walk and be physically active. How can we work with our friends and allies to make sure every person has the opportunity to enjoy the many benefits of being in nature? In this webinar, we hear from some of our partners on tools, resources and work being done to … Continue reading Exploring the Great Outdoors Webinar (April 12, 2017)

New Webinar: The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods

Register Here Webinar Title: “The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods” Date and Time: Tuesday, April 18th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Register Here About the Webinar In February, nine organizations announced the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative (TWC) and signed on to a shared Statement of Purpose. Consisting of local, … Continue reading New Webinar: The Transit-Walkability Collaborative – An Inter-Modal Strategy for Creating Strong Neighborhoods

New Webinar: Exploring the Great Outdoors (April 12, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title: Exploring the Great Outdoors Webinar Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar The outdoors offers beautiful places to walk and be physically active. How can we work with our friends and allies to make sure every person has the opportunity to enjoy the many … Continue reading New Webinar: Exploring the Great Outdoors (April 12, 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

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

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)