Planners and Architects

Case Studies

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

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

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

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

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

Standish: Form-Based Codes

A town of about 10,000 citizens 18 miles west of Portland, ME, adopted a new comprehensive plan in 2006 with the main goal of conserving the town’s rural character while directing most of its future growth into village centers. While the plan set the policy direction for future growth, many details of how that future … Continue reading Standish: Form-Based Codes

Seattle: Parking Management

Seattle’s parking-management strategy dates back to its first Comprehensive Plan, adopted in 1994 in response to Washington State’s 1990 Growth Management Act. The state mandated city and county comprehensive plans and defined their goals, which included reducing urban sprawl and encouraging in-fill development. Within that political framework, Seattle created a Comprehensive Plan based on an … Continue reading Seattle: Parking Management

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

America Walks Twitter Chat with Jeff Speck on March 7

America Walks was excited to host Jeff Speck on March 7,  2016 for a Twitter Chat. The chat took place over an hour and offered participants a chance to get insights from Jeff on his experience and expertise on walkable cities, a topic that he literally wrote the book on! A selection of questions and responses are posted here. For … Continue reading America Walks Twitter Chat with Jeff Speck on March 7

Repurposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond

Hear from featured speaker, Carol Dick, about each step in the process of turning underutilized public space in Lemon Grove CA, into revitalized Main Streets and Re-purposing Space. Carol Dick enjoys a successful career in city planning in Southern California. As the current Development Services Department Director of the City of Lemon Grove, a city … Continue reading Repurposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond

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

Redesign Arterial Streets for Pedestrians

Arterial streets, typically multilane thoroughfares designed to speed cars from one destination to another, are often hazardous to people on foot. The Tri-State Transportation Campaign found that 60% of pedestrian deaths in the tri-state region of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut took place on arterial roadways. Redesigning arterial streets for pedestrians involves adapting roadway … Continue reading Redesign Arterial Streets for Pedestrians

Build Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges

These are bridges designed exclusively for pedestrians and bicyclists where at-grade solutions can’t be found—often over railways, waterways, or highways— that provide needed transportation links for walkers and cyclists. Guidance Exhaust at-grade solutions first, as those are often more walkable and less expensive Locate bridges so that they are on the normal path of pedestrian … Continue reading Build Pedestrian and Cyclist Bridges

Turn Underutilized Asphalt into Grass and Other Uses

Underutilized, excessive roadway and/or parking space can be reassigned to pedestrian and/or bicycle uses. Underutilized or excessive roadways have more travel lanes (or parking spaces) than necessary for the number of cars using them. New uses of roadway or parking space could include public plazas with planters and seating areas, buffered bicycle lanes, and widened … Continue reading Turn Underutilized Asphalt into Grass and Other Uses

Create Slow Zones

Slow zones consist of engineered traffic-calming measures such as speed humps, roundabouts, curb extensions, signs, optimized signal timing, and street markings to slow vehicles down to 20 miles per hour (mph) within clearly defined areas. Guidance Begin by building support among a diverse set of stakeholders Consult with all relevant stakeholders, including emergency services, police, … Continue reading Create Slow Zones

Integrate Transit, Walking, and Cycling into Projects

The needs of transit, cyclists, and pedestrians should be integrated within the design and scope of transportation projects. This can be accomplished by improving infrastructure, modifying design speeds, reconfiguring roadways, and adapting traditional traffic analysis. Guidance Conduct traffic analysis in terms of person delay rather than vehicle delay to better account for all the people … Continue reading Integrate Transit, Walking, and Cycling into Projects

Build a Comprehensive Sidewalk Network

Sidewalks are roadways for walkers; they need to be comprehensive, integrated, and connected. Many communities and cities have discontinuous sidewalk systems that need connecting or upgrading to get people where they need to go. To most efficiently use their resources, jurisdictions should survey and analyze existing sidewalks to prioritize sidewalk improvements. Guidance Survey existing conditions … Continue reading Build a Comprehensive Sidewalk Network

Toolkits

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 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)

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)

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

Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns (May 10, 2017 Webinar)

Not all communities face the same opportunities and challengs in promoting walking and other forms of physical activity. Join America Walks as we look at walking and walkable communities in rural communities and small towns, exploring resources, toolkits and projects from walking champions working in this area. This webinar assumes a basic knowledge of issues … Continue reading Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns (May 10, 2017 Webinar)

Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar (March 30, 2017)

America Walks and the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability (NCHPAD) – Lakeshore Foundation are excited to announce a new micro-grant program. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to supporting disability inclusion strategies that make healthier choices the easier choices for all people in areas where they may … Continue reading Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar (March 30, 2017)

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

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 forms. In this webinar we aim to look at how to protect and promote the identity and culture of a community, while making room for … Continue reading Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion Webinar (March 21, 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: 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)

Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

Register Here Title: Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide Date/Time: February 1st, 2017 at 3pm Eastern, 12pm Pacific Register Here About The Webinar 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 … Continue reading Special Briefing: National Quality Forum’s The Action Guide

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

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)

First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit (September 8, 2016)

Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because – together – they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car.  This webinar explores ways for transit advocates and walkable community advocates to work together to create solutions in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. … Continue reading First-Mile, Last-Mile: Connections to Transit (September 8, 2016)

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)