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Below, please find the latest news, press releases and other media available on America Walks and the commitment to making America a great place to walk.

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August 28, 2015- Surgeon General Announces Call to Action Release Date
America Walks is excited to announce that the Surgeon General will release his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up!” on September 9th with an event in Washington, DC and simultaneous webcast. This will be a shining moment for the walking and walkability efforts underway across the country and we want you to be part of it! Read more

August 12, 2015- America Walks Hosts Montana State Workshop
Three State Agency Directors attended an America Walks in  workshop in Helena, Montana on August 12. State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas led the workshop and helped participants develop a proposed “Collaborative Framework for Walkable Montana Communities.” Read More

August 6, 2015- America Walks Hosts Walkability Webinar
On August 6, 2015 America Walks hosted Blue Zones experts Dan Burden, Samantha Thomas and representatives from local Blue Zones communities for the webinar “Walkbability: The Health and Wellness Equation.” Watch a recording of the video and learn how to take steps to make your community healthy here. 

July 30, 2015- Congress Passes Transportation Extension
On Thursday, the Senate passed the DRIVE Act today to reauthorize transportation policy and funding, on a vote of 65-34. The House refused to consider the legislation, however, and instead passed a three-month extension of current law and policy, through October, which the Senate then passed as well. America Walks continues to monitor the work being done on Capitol Hill and works to protect funding for active transportation.

July 27, 2015- America Walks Hosts Webinar “Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities”
America Walks’ second series of “Walking College” webinars launched July 27th. Designed for the Walking College Fellowship program, and open to a general audience, the “Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities” webinar focuses on fundraising – one of the biggest challenges for local community change agents. Watch the webinar and learn more here.

July 22, 2015- Executive Director Participates in Safe States Alliance Webinar
Executive Director Scott Bricker participated in a June 2015 Safe States Alliance Webinar on Taking Steps to Prevent Pedestrian Injuries. The full recording of the presentation can be found here.

July 21, 2015- New Webinar- Engage With Local Government 
It takes teamwork to create social change and you need a diverse team with common goals.  For walkable community initiatives, the team often starts with advocates – for health, for children and people with disabilities, and for social equity.  But, it is also essential to recruit local government officials to the team – especially, traffic engineers, town planners, and elected policy makers.  Join councilwoman Elaine Clegg, planner Roger Millar, and engineer Gary Toth to learn how best to engage each of these critical stakeholder groups in your community.

July 20, 2015-State and Local Program Director Continues Local Safety Efforts
Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, continues his efforts as part of his local Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety with recommendations for implementing pedestrian scrambles as a pilot program. Pedestrian scrambles differ from traditional crosswalks in that they have three phases: The first phase allows north-south traffic to move; the second phase allows east-west traffic to move; and the third phase stops all traffic and allows pedestrians to move freely through the crosswalk in any direction.

July 20, 2015- Executive Director Speaks at NPAS Webinar
Executive Director Scott Bricker spoke at a National Physical Activity Society Webinar, “The Power of Walking: Why and how to create walkable communities for more vibrant, active, livable, equitable and sustainable communities” on July 20. The webinar and related materials can be found here.
July 17, 2015- America Walks Announces New Webinar
In “Walkability: The Health and Wellness Equation”, Dan Burden, one of the earliest pioneers in North America’s walkability movement,  will be joined by his colleague Samantha Thomas of Blue Zones to demonstrate to us the added lift given to us by the health movement. Participants will also hear from local Blue Zones experts from Fort Worth, TX and the Beach Cities, CA.

July 15, 2015- Institutionalizing the Change Webinar
The third webinar  in America Walks’ “Walking College” series was hosted by Mark Fenton reviewed public policy and private marketplace strategies to increase walkability as highlighted in the Every Body Walk! Practice Guide. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

July 15, 2015- Every Body Walk! Releases New Practice Guide
Every Body Walk! Is pleased to release the latest practice guide in the Getting Started series, written by Mark Fenton and featuring the expert advice of walking champions from across the US. Download the practice guide here.

July 10, 2015-Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities
America Walks is excited to announce its latest webinar, “Building Your Fundraising Leadership Towards Walkable Communities.” Join presenters Brighid O’Keane, Interim Director with the Alliance for Biking & Walking, and David Weinberger, City Partnerships Director with ioby, for this fast-moving webinar, which will highlight top tips for major revenue streams for pedestrian advocacy and introduce resources to sustain your work.  Topics covered will include grant writing, local fundraising, and earned income. Register Here

June 24, 2015- America Walks Comments on DRIVE Act
On June 24th, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW) considered a six-year transportation bill, called the DRIVE Act. This is one step along the way towards a new transportation bill. Read comments on the bill and find out to add your voice to the call for greater protections for a walkable America.

June 23, 2015- America Walks Hosts “Designing Places for People” Webinar
On June 23, America Walks held the second webinar in the “Walking College” webinar series.  “Designing Places for People” takes a deeper look into the design and implementation of walkable communities.

June 18, 2015- New Free Webinar “Institutionalizing the Change”
The third 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 is free and open to the public, as well as the “Walking College Fellows.” Join Mark Fenton as he describes the most promising and effective strategies for modifying both public- and private-sector procedures so they lead inevitably to walkable communities. Register Now

June 18, 2015- America Walks Hosts “Why Walking?” Webinar
America Walks hosted “Why Walking?” as part of the Walking College Webinar series. The webinar featured Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect and Jim Stone of Circulate San Diego. A recording of the webinar can be found here.

June 11, 2015- New Free Webinar  “Designing Places for People”
Join America Walks for the second webinar in the Walking College series, “Designing Places for People” which takes a deeper look into the design and implementation of walkable communities.

June 9, 2015: America Walks Signs Letter of Support for TAP
America Walks has signed on with 300 organizations in a letter of support to Congress urging for robust funding of the Transportation Alternatives Program and other federal programs that ensure that Americans are able to safely walk or bike as part of a complete transportation system. Read the letter here. 

June 8, 2015- Walking College Launches
The inaugural Walking College program has launched with 25 Fellows beginning course work and discussions. Follow their progress on the new Walking College Webpage.

June 4, 2015- New Free Webinar “Why Walking?”
America Walks’ summer series of webinars has been designed for the 25 appointed Fellows of the “Walking College,” but is open to the public.  The first webinar in the series, “Why Walking?” takes a foundational look at the practice of walking and the history of walkability.

June 4, 2015- America Walks Supports Safe Routes to School Funding
America Walks is teaming up with PreventObesity.net to push State Departments of Transportation to fully fund Safe Routes to School programs. Walking to school is a great opportunity to build healthy, lasting relationships with your kids and a healthy, active lifestyle for your entire family. Read More

June 1, 2015- America Walks Launches New Webinar Series
America Walks’ third webinar series of 2015 is presented in conjunction with the Walking College. Part 1 of the “Walking College Webinar Series” will be broadcast in June and July. These three webinars will cover the “why” and “how” of walkability, and will include nationally-renowned speakers, Dan Burden and Mark Fenton. Register Now!

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