Walking Groups & Clubs

Case Studies

Community Change Agents in Action: A Look at Our 2016 Micro Grant Recipients

We at America Walks believe vehemently that even incremental interventions can add up to powerful change in our communities. It’s why, in partnership with the Every Body Walk! Collaborative, we launched our Micro Grant program in 2015, in the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to get Americans walking more. Efforts funded … Continue reading Community Change Agents in Action: A Look at Our 2016 Micro Grant Recipients

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

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

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

Tactics

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

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

Webinars

Walk into Action: Walking and Walkability Policy Issues (October 10, 2018 Webinar)

The 2018 election is right around the corner and at America Walks we believe walking and walkability are ballot issues. At the national, state, and local level, walking advocates can use their voice, and their vote, to support policies, programs, and candidates that support healthy, active, and engaged communities. Learn about how you can use … Continue reading Walk into Action: Walking and Walkability Policy Issues (October 10, 2018 Webinar)

There’s a Walking App for That (May 22, 2018 Webinar)

Many are talking about how technology will influence the shape of our cities and what we define as walkability, but what about the technology that will influence how we walk as a physical activity? Today, apps are available to track steps, plan routes, and even provide tunes for the trails. In this webinar, hear from … Continue reading There’s a Walking App for That (May 22, 2018 Webinar)

From 8 to 80: Creating Livable Communities for All Ages (May 9, 2018 Webinar)

Walkable communities are only truly walkable when they are able to be enjoyed and accessed by members of all ages. Learn how communities of all shapes and sizes are making sure they are livable for people of all ages and abilities. This webinar is intended for advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about … Continue reading From 8 to 80: Creating Livable Communities for All Ages (May 9, 2018 Webinar)

Creating Safe Spaces for All Community Members (January 10, 2018 Webinar)

Creating safe places to walk and be physically active means more than just slower speeds and well-lit sidewalks. Expand your definition of a safe place to walk by hearing from partners working alongside the walking movement. This webinar features experts in Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED), street harassment, and safety concerns for people with … Continue reading Creating Safe Spaces for All Community Members (January 10, 2018 Webinar)

New Webinar: Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way (October 5, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title: Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way Webinar Date/Time: Thursday October 5, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar Healthier workers are more productive, have fewer sick days, and have decreased health care costs. Given that many adults spend half their waking hours at work, the workplace can play a … Continue reading New Webinar: Workplace Wellness: Walk This Way (October 5, 2017)

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: Designing for Inclusive Health (March 30, 2017)

Register Here Webinar Title: Designing for Inclusive Health Webinar Date/Time: March 30, 2017 at 1pm Eastern, 10am Pacific Register Here About the Webinar 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 … Continue reading New Webinar: Designing for Inclusive Health (March 30, 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)

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: 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)

Blog

The World’s Greatest Walker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

A Q-and-A with Helen and Nick Harris, who with Paul Marshall wrote the book “A Man in a Hurry: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Edward Payne Weston, the World’s Greatest Walker” He was considered one of the greatest athletes of his time, one of the most-revered representatives of a wildly popular and largely forgotten … Continue reading The World’s Greatest Walker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of