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Case Studies

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

Wisconsin: Train Officers

In 2007, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation updated its bicycle-training program for law-enforcement officers, which had been created in 1995 through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant, to include pedestrian statutes and crash-prevention techniques. The course is designed to give law- enforcement officers the basic knowledge, tools, and resources to create safe walking … Continue reading Wisconsin: Train Officers

Phoenix: Walk Score

The Phoenix Planning Department used Walk Score data to analyze the performance of existing light rail stations and to look at how proposed stations might perform if they were within a walking network connecting passengers to desired amenities. Walk Score data helped planners clarify which corridors and station locations performed best from a land use … Continue reading Phoenix: Walk Score

New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

As more people live longer and age in place, creating communities that are easy, enjoyable, and safe for older adults to walk through is crucial for both transportation and public-health considerations. So, in 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA), a New York City–based transportation advocacy organization, created a Safe Routes to Seniors program. With funding from the … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Created through New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2007 PlaNYC strategic plan, the Safe Routes to Transit program within the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) aims to improve pedestrian conditions in and around transit stops throughout the city. The Safe Routes to Transit program addresses three main transit conditions: unsafe bus stops under … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Portland: SmartTrips

In 2002, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) created an individualized marketing program to reduce drive-alone trips and increase walking, bicycling, transit, and carpool trips in targeted areas. Portland modeled its program after those found in Australia and Europe. After two pilot programs in 2003 and 2004, Portland added activities and extended its outreach to … Continue reading Portland: SmartTrips

Toolkits

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

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)

New Webinar: “Developing Leadership for Walkable Communities”

Register Here Date and Time: Thursday, June 30th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Webinar Host: Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks Presenter: Guy Williams, President and C.E.O., Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice About the Webinar On June 30th, Guy Williams, a national leader in environmental justice, will share his expertise on developing leadership with … Continue reading New Webinar: “Developing Leadership for Walkable Communities”

New Webinar: Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement (July 14th)

Register Here Please note, this webinar also serves as the Module #3 webinar for our 2016 Walking College. Date and Time: July 14, 2016 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Webinar Title: “Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement” About the Webinar At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may … Continue reading New Webinar: Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement (July 14th)