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Case Studies

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

Seattle: Sidewalk Network Analysis

Seattle used a GIS-based approach to prioritize potential sidewalk projects. The city first analyzed sidewalk needs based on the presence and characteristics of existing sidewalks, such as physical buffers, traffic speeds and volumes, and block length. The city then analyzed sidewalks based on three demand analyses—potential pedestrian demand, socioeconomic / health equity, and corridor function—and … Continue reading Seattle: Sidewalk Network Analysis

New York: Slow Zones

In November 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) launched its first Neighborhood Slow Zone pilot program in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx. The area was selected for its relatively high frequency of serious traffic crashes and for its definable boundaries that could be easily marked for a zone. The goal of … Continue reading New York: Slow Zones

San Francisco: Data Collection

In addition to conducting manual pedestrian counts and installing automatic counters at select locations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) recently created a pedestrian-volume model to extrapolate walking activity across a larger swath of the city. SFMTA first conducted manual and automated pedestrian counts at 50 study intersections with a variety of characteristics, from … Continue reading San Francisco: Data Collection

Portland: Training Instead of Fines

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, a program of the Portland-based Legacy Health System, collaborated with the City of Portland, Multnomah County courts, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police Bureau, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Willamette Pedestrian Coalition to offer eligible first-time traffic offenders—drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists—the option of taking a Share the Road safety class instead … Continue reading Portland: Training Instead of Fines

Oregon: Strengthen Crossing Ordinances

Ray Thomas, an Oregon bicycle and pedestrian lawyer, and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition had been trying for years to induce drivers to yield more consistently to pedestrians in crosswalks. Oregon’s existing statute specified that a driver shall stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian when he or she is crossing the road in a crosswalk. … Continue reading Oregon: Strengthen Crossing Ordinances

Toolkits

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: 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)

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: “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities” (October 13, 2016)

Register Here Webinar Title: Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities Date/Time: October 13th, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar Humans are built to walk and the built environment needs to match this. How can individuals, organizations and governments work to make sure that every American has access to safe, accessible … Continue reading New Webinar: “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities” (October 13, 2016)

New Webinar “Walking and Walkability Campaigns”

Register Here Date: Monday, August 29th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Webinar Title: Walking and Walkability Campaigns Register Here  About the Webinar You know we need to increase walking and improve walkability; … you’ve developed leadership, coalition-building, and communication skills; … you understand the built-environment components of a walkable community and how to interact with … Continue reading New Webinar “Walking and Walkability Campaigns”

New Webinar: : “Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine”

Register Here Date and Time: Thursday, August 11th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, America Walks Presenter: Mark Fenton, Tufts University Register Here  About the Webinar The fifth webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series reviews public policy and private marketplace strategies to increase walkability. Just like the others in the series, this webinar … Continue reading New Webinar: : “Institutionalizing the Change: How to Make Walking Routine”

Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement (July 14, 2016)

At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America … Continue reading Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement (July 14, 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)

New Webinar- Designing Places for People

Register Here Date and Time: Monday, August 1st at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, America Walks Presenters: Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas, Blue Zones Register Here About the Webinar Join Dan Burden and Samantha Thomas on August 1st for a webinar titled “Designing Places for People.” Part of the Walking College series, but open … Continue reading New Webinar- Designing Places for People

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)