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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.

What’s New

December 7, 2018- America Walks Attends NADTC Survey Release
America Walks attended the release of a national poll done by the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center on December 7, 2018. The poll finds that older adults and people with disabilities are facing significant transportation challenges. Read more here.

November 29, 2018- Explore Active Transportation and Healthy Communities with November Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar that heard from three communities that are using active transportation improvements to create opportunities for better health and safety for all community members. Listen to the recording of the webinar here.

November 13, 2018- America Walks Publishes Transit-Walkability Case Studies
Learn how four communities are building partnerships between transit and walkability to help create healthy, active, and engaged communities for all members. Read more here.

November 7, 2018- America Walks Submits Comments on Impact of Walkable Communities
America Walks submitted comments to the US Surgeon General on the impact of walkable community design on community health and prosperity. Through our work with Walking College fellows, Community Change grantees, and thousands of advocates across the US, we know how important of a role walkable communities play in creating healthy, active and engaged communities. Read the comments here.

November 6, 2018- America Walks Hosts #10MinuteWalk Chat
America Walks hosted a Twitter Chat featuring the theme #10MinuteWalk with members of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative. Catch a recap of the chat here.

October 29, 2018- America Walks to Host Webinar on Active Transportation
America Walks will host a webinar featuring stories of communities who have used the CDC’s BE Active resources to create healthy, active, and engaged communities. Learn more and register for the webinar here. 

October 26, 2018- Blog Post Features Accessibility at Walk/Bike/Places
Juliette Rizzo shares her experience at the Walk/Bike/Places conference held in New Orleans earlier this fall. She highlights the accessibility workshop she held for conference attendees and the lessons learned as they explored the city. Read the blog here.

October 20, 2018- America Walks Hosts International Walkability Workshop
America Walks co-hosted a workshop on advocacy and walkability networks at the international Walk21 conference in Bogota. The workshop was attended by organizations and advocates from around the globe who are looking to work together to improve walkability and promote walking. Read the report here. 

October 10, 2018- America Walks Hosts Policy Webinar
Ahead of the 2018 election, America Walks hosted a webinar looking at ways walking and walkable community advocates should think about how their interests intersect with policies at the local, state, and federal levels. Catch a webinar recording here. 

October 4, 2018- America Walks Awarded CDC Funding
America Walks is honored to receive funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) under cooperative agreement CDC-OT18-1802, Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health. America Walks will provide capacity-building assistance to increase opportunities to walk and expand partnerships beyond traditional public health allies.

September 27, 2018- America Walks Announces Road to Zero Participants
America Walks has announced the communities that will take part in the Road to Zero program. The communities will take part in training and development on safe systems approach to reducing pedestrian fatalities. Meet the communities here.

September 19, 2018- America Walks Attends North Portland Event
America Walks’ Communications and Outreach Specialist Kelsey Card attended the North Portland Transportation Kickoff hosted by the The North Portland Transportation Partnership (NPTP) in Portland, Oregon on September 19th, 2018. Read about her experience here.

September 14, 2018- Rolling on to Walk/Bike/Places
Juliette Rizzo shares her excitement about attending the upcoming Walk/Bike/Places conference and what she hopes to see and do in New Orleans. Read the blog post here.

September 13, 2018- America Walks Attends Sustainable Mobility Forum
America Walks’ Program Coordinator Crystal Bowne attended the Transatlantic Dialogue on Sustainable Mobility hosted by the German American Chambers of Commerce (GACC) in Little Rock, Arkansas on September 13, 2018. The forum’s theme was “Walkability as the Blueprint for Smart Cities and Work Environment” and included panelists and speakers from Germany and Central Arkansas. Read more here. 

September 11, 2018- America Walks Hosts Criminalization of Walking Webinar
America Walks explored how today’s culture is an obstacle to walking and walkable communities in our September webinar. Watch a recording and learn more here. 

August 27, 2018- Shift Your Energy from Driving to Walking
According to the United States Energy Information Administration, transportation has become one of the most demanding sectors in America in regards of energy, well outpacing the individual energy consumption of the commercial, residential, and industrial sectors. Read how walking can play a role in changing this alarming statistic. 

August 9, 2018- America Walks Announces Criminalization of Walking Webinar
America Walks will host a webinar on September 12, 2018 exploring the criminalization of walking. Learn more and register here. 

August 8, 2018- Walking College Fellow Makes Strides for Safety
In 2017, more than half of the 98 pedestrian deaths and 264 serious traffic-related injuries in Missouri were in the St. Louis area. Walking College fellow Faye Paige Edwards said enough is enough and stepped up to change that. Read about her experience here.

August 8, 2018- America Walks Attends 2nd Autonomous Vehicle Dialogue
America Walks attended a forum on autonomous vehicles focusing on Digital Infrastructure and Data, hosted by FHWA. Read more about our experience here.

July 27, 2018- America Walks Welcomes New Board Members
America Walks is excited to announce that Veronica O. Davis and David Dixon have joined the board. We are excited to have them share their leadership and expertise as we continue to work to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.

July 24, 2018- America Walks Partners with NCHPAD on Alabama Workshop
America Walks staff spent time in Alabama for a walkability workshop in partnership with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability. Read more about our time here. 

July 19, 2018- Discover July in Jamestown, ND
America Walks visited with a Community Change grantee and learned how the town of Jamestown, ND is using trails to inspire healthy lifestyles. Read more in the blog here.

July 12, 2018- America Walks to Explore Speed Management in August Webinar
Register today for “Act Fast: The Growing Call for Slower Speeds” where we will examine the role that speed management has in creating safer streets. Learn more and register here.

July 9, 2018- America Walks Attends Autonomous Vehicles Forum
America Walks attended a forum on autonomous vehicles hosted by FHWA. Read about what we saw and heard here. 

July 6, 2018- Speak Out Against Victim-Blaming
We have been alarmed by the growing narrative of distracted walking and victim-blaming around pedestrian fatalities. This distracts from the larger issues of safety and accessibility. Help us speak out against this trend. 

 

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