Walking Groups & Clubs

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

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

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

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

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)

Walking at Work: The What, Why & How of Walking Meetings (November 17, 2016 Webinar)

Walking is a great way to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. One way to make sure you are getting the recommended amount of steps is to turn meetings at work into walking meetings. This webinar explores the what, why and how of walking meetings and learn from examples of businesses and organization … Continue reading Walking at Work: The What, Why & How of Walking Meetings (November 17, 2016 Webinar)

Walking as a Practice April 14th Webinar

In this webinar, we will take a take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report that was released in January 2016 and can be downloaded here. This report outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations are engaging in the practice of walking. Participants hear from the author of the report, Jonathon … Continue reading Walking as a Practice April 14th Webinar

Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar

America Walks was excited to host the third webinar of our free 2016 webinar series on March 8, 2016- “Exploring Tactical Urbanism”. In March’s webinar, we looked at how tactical urbanism is helping to shape the built environment. Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks was excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental … Continue reading Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar

America Walks Connecting the Dots Webinar

This webinar is the first part in an exciting new initiative to bring together local advocates, federal agencies and our network to grow the work being done to make America a great place to walk! Agency representatives discuss the structure and background of agency regional offices including Departments of Health & Human Services, Department of Transportation … Continue reading America Walks Connecting the Dots Webinar

Call to Action – What Does it Mean? Webinar

America Walks is excited to announce that the Surgeon General released his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up!” on September 9th with an event in Washington, DC. This is a shining moment for the walking and walkability efforts underway across the country and we want you to be part … Continue reading Call to Action – What Does it Mean? Webinar

Why Walking? Webinar

On Thursday June 18,  America Walks held the first webinar in the Walking College Webinar series, “Why Walking?” which took a foundational look at the practice of walking and the history of walkability. Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, started with a discussion of “walking as a practice” – as distinct from walkability and the … Continue reading Why Walking? Webinar