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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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July 14, 2016- America Walks Hosts “Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement” Webinar
At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America a great place to walk, learning and growing with organizations, industries and communities that are already in step with the walking movement. Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

July 14, 2016- 2017 National Walking Summit to be Held in St. Paul, MN
America Walks is excited to announce the 2017 National Walking Summit to be held in St. Paul, MN from September 13-15, 2017. After two extremely successful conferences in Washington, DC, we are moving the conference to a city that is embracing livability to give participants an opportunity to explore firsthand the potential of walkable communities.

July 12, 2016- America Walks Hosts State Report Card Webinar
America Walks, in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and YMCA of the USA, offered a chance to go back to school and measure the efforts of the walking movement through the recently released 2016 State Report Cards. Watch a recording and learn more here.

July 12, 2016- America Walks Announces Equitable Communities Workshop
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce that they will be leading two half-day trainings on building equitable communities at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in Vancouver on September 12th. Each session of this hands-on intensive training will teach participants how to compel and engage the public on issues related to walking and walkable communities using the framework of social justice and equitable communities. Learn more and apply here

July 11, 2016- New Jay Walljasper Article Looks at America’s Walking Renaissance
Our friend and colleague Jay Walljasper has written a new article that looks at our casebook, America’s Walking Renaissance. Read the article here. 

June 30, 2016- America Walks Releases New E-book
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the release of a new book, America’s Walking Renaissance. The book, written by Jay Walljasper, Kate Kraft and Heidi Simon of America Walks and with a forward by Tyler Norris of Kaiser Permanente, examines how nine cities, suburbs and towns across the US are getting back on their feet to embrace walking and become more walkable. Click here to read more. 

June 28, 2016- America Walks and Center for Transportation Excellence Present on Local Ballot Initiatives
America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence presented an informational webinar on June 28th on Local Ballot Initiatives and how they can be used to support work being done at the local level. To watch a recording of the webinar, click here. 

June 20, 2016- America Walks to Host July 12 Webinar “Grading the Walking Movement”
America Walks, in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and YMCA of the USA, is excited to offer a chance to go back to school and measure the efforts of the walking movement through the recently released 2016 State Report Cards. For more on the webinar and to register, click here. 

June 16, 2016- America Walks Presents at 82nd Annual Convention of the Arkansas Municipal League
Ian Thomas, America Walks State & Local Program Director, presented at the 82nd Annual Convention of the Arkansas Municipal League on June 16th. Ian’s presentation looked at the power of walkable communities and highlighted examples of successful projects in Arkansas that support these efforts. Read more about his presentation here.

June 15, 2016- We’re Hiring- Join Our Team with 2 New Positions
Be a a part of the growing walking movement by becoming our next Communications Specialist or Fund Development Manager. Applications are open now!

June 13, 2016- America Walks Announces New Executive Director
America Walks is excited to announce M. Katherine “Kate” Kraft, PhD, as its new Executive Director. Kate has been with America Walks for 3 years in the role of National Coalition Director and mostly recently as Interim Executive Director. Read more here.

June 7, 2016- America Walks Announces July “Friends & Allies” Webinar
Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America a great place to walk, learning and growing with organizations, industries and communities that are already in step with the walking movement. This webinar will hear from three organizations that are friends and allies of the walking movement. Participants will learn about the work of these organizations and how walking plays a role. Read More

May 25, 2016- America Walks Announces Class of 2016 Walking College
America Walks is proud and excited to announce the class of the 2016 Walking College. The 25 fellows come from 19 different states and will work to expand their capacity as advocates over the course of the program. For more on the 2016 Walking College Fellows click here. 

May 23, 2016- America Walks to Host Training on Local Ballot Initiatives
America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence are excited to announce a new online webinar and training series. The series will arm advocates with the knowledge, training and tools to successfully initiate Local Ballot Initiatives to support projects and infrastructure related to supporting comprehensive active transportation networks including those that promote walkable communities.  The series will begin with an informational webinar on June 28th followed by a more in-depth and hands-on training on August 2nd . Register for the webinar here. 

May 20, 2016- America Walks Presents at Iowa’s Healthiest State Conference
America Walks was proud to present at Iowa’s Healthiest State Conference on May 19, 2016. The Healthiest State Initiative is a state initiative intended to inspire Iowans and their communities to improve their health and happiness and the theme of this year’s conference was Step It Up Iowa. America Walks shared resources and information on the befits of walking and creating walkable communities. Read more

May 12, 2016- America Walks Hosts Paths to Walkable Communities Webinar
On May 12, 2016 America Walks hosted a webinar to look at local examples of communities taking steps towards becoming more walkable. Participants heard from two recipients of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grants followed by a city with one of the top Complete Streets policies in the US. View the recording of the webinar and learn more here. 

May 9, 2016- America Walks Hosts Twitter Chat with Project for Public Spaces
On May 9, 2016 America Walks hosted a Twitter Chat with representatives from Project for Public Spaces and the Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place conference. The chat covered a wide range of topics related to placemaking, walkability and the conference to be held in Vancouver in September 2016. To see the conversation that took place and learn more, click here. 

May 5, 2016- America Walks Hosts Webinar with National Association of Regional Councils
On May 5, 2016  America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils hosted a webinar which examines how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making. The webinar explores two unique perspectives as we hear from both a planner from a Regional Council and an advocate who has worked to use the resources available from their Regional Council. To watch the webinar and learn more, click here. 

May 3, 2016- America Walks Statement on DOT Proposed Rule Measuring Congestion
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 a road to better measure and address all modes of transportation. Read more about our position here. 

April 28, 2016- America Walks Release Report “100 Years of Walking”
Kristen Henry, America Walks Program Coordinator, recently spoke with walking advocate Donald Bean. Mr. Bean shared his insights on the benefits of walking and the importance of creating walkable communities. “I walk every day when the weather is decent for about 40 minutes.” he says; “I attribute my long life, at least in part, to that.” Read the full article here. 

April 24, 2016- America Walks Participates in National ParkRx Day
America Walks was excited to be part of the Washington DC celebration of National Park Rx Day. The day was held at Meridian Hill Park and attended by over 800 people. For more on the event visit their website here.

April 19, 2016- America Walks to Host May 12 Webinar on Community Action
The release of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking & Walkable Communities in September 2015 was a watershed moment for the walking movement. Its release provided leadership and motivation for governments, businesses and organizations to address the numerous barriers to safe, active mobility and promoted the multiple health benefits of walking. Join America Walks for a webinar on May 12 that will look at local organizations and governments who are taking action to Step It Up! in creating walkable communities. Register for the webinar here.

April 14, 2016- America Walks Hosts Walking as a Practice Webinar
In this webinar, we take a take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report that was released in January 2016 and can be downloaded here. Participants hear from the author of the report, Jonathon Stalls of Walk2Connect, as well as representatives from several of the case studies. Learn how when we individually or collectively choose to walk, we do more for ourselves, for each other, and for our communities than we could ever imagine.  Watch the recording here.

April 11, 2016- America Walks to Host Webinar with National Association of Regional Councils 
Join America Walks and the National Association of Regional Councils for a webinar on May 5th at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific. The webinar will examine how federal transportation funding is allocated through Regional Councils and how to access it for projects that promote walkable communities including complete streets, safety efforts and place-making. Learn more about the webinar and register here.

March 31, 2016- Learn More about the 2016 Walking College Program
America Walks hosted those interested in becoming a 2016 Walking College Fellow in an Orientation Webinar on May 31. The webinar covered information on the program as well as highlighted the experiences of three fellows from 2015. You can watch a recording of the webinar here. 

March 25, 2016- America Walks Hosts ioby for Webinar on Crowdfunding
America Walks was excited to offer a webinar with ioby on ways crowdfunding can be used for projects related to promoting walkable communities. The webinar included real-life case studies of successfully-funded walking advocacy projects, crowdfunding myth busting, and best practices for campaign planning, donor prospecting, social media use, and more. Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

March 24, 2016- New Article from Jay Walljasper Explores Oklahoma City’s Transformation
Walking’s popularity now reaches beyond older city neighborhoods into suburbs and the Sun Belt. Oklahoma City—which was named as the “worst US walking city” in a 2008 study of 500 communities by Prevention magazine and the American Podiatric Medical Association—is embarking on big plans to become more walkable. Read more about the city’s transformation in our latest article from Jay Walljasper.

March 15, 2016- Apply to Be Part of the 2016 Walking College
America Walks is excited to announce that applications for the 2016 Walking College are open! The Walking College is an interactive, online educational program for walkable community advocates. Apply by April 15th! 

March 14, 2016- America Walks is Hiring a New Executive Director
America Walks is seeking a dynamic Executive Director who is committed to making America a great place to walk and to guide America Walks to its next stage of development. The ideal candidate has an understanding of the growing walking movement and the importance of ensuring safe, walkable communities that support physical health, economic opportunities, and engaged citizens. Read more about the position here. 

March 10, 2016- America Walks Announces “Walking as a Practice” Webinar
America Walks will continue its 2016 webinar series with a webinar that examines the January Walking as a Practice report. Hear from the author and several of the case studies as they talk about different ways organizations engage with the US. Register Here! 

March 9, 2016- America Walks Hosts Jeff Speck for Twitter Chat
America Walks hosted 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.

March 8, 2016- America Walks Hosts “Exploring Tactical Urbanism” Webinar
America Walks was excited to host a webinar on how the practice of tactical urbanism can help create walkable communities that encourage physical activity. Watch the recording of the webinar and learn how the practice could be used in your community.

February 29, 2016- America Walks Talks Healthy, Active and Focused Kids
The following is a post submitted by America Walks and published in NEA’s Healthy Futures Blog.  Walking as a physical activity helps increase a child’s ability to learn. Safe, accessible, walkable communities help encourage this as well as strengthen schools and communities. Communities without safe walkable conditions can have the exact opposite outcome.

February 25. 2016- America Walks Receives Grant from W.K. Kellogg Foundation
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative is excited to announce that they have received a $200,000.00 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to support their work in making walking and walkable communities a national priority. These funds will be used to further the work being done to expand the walking movement to be more inclusive of vulnerable families and help America Walks to continue its work to expand safe, accessible and enjoyable walkable communities for every individual.

February 24, 2016- The New Federal Transportation Legislation Webinar Held February 24
America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy and LOCUS hosted a free joint webinar “The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?” on February 24 at 2pm Eastern. The webinar examined the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discussed ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state and regional level. Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

February 24, 2016- New Webinar on Crowdsourcing Walking Projects
Looking to increase resident engagement in your work? Need cash quickly for an urgent project? Trying to build an individual donor base to take your nonprofit to the next level? Curious about crowdfunding?Join us for a webinar on March 24th with the crowdfunding nonprofit ioby to learn more about how crowdfunding can be both an effective fundraising and community-engagement tool for walkable community advocates.

February 22, 2016- America Walks Post Published in State Public Health Newsletter
America Walks submitted a post to New Jersey Public Health Association’s Spring 2016 Newsletter. “Walking Keeps America on a Healthy Path” speaks to the many benefits of walking and can be read here. The full newsletter can be viewed here.

February 16, 2016- Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar to Be Held March 8
Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks is excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental in creating communities that promote enjoyable and accessible physical activity. Join us as we speak with two leading experts in tactical urbanism on this idea and how it is informing their work in local communities. Register Here

February 15, 2016- Connecting the Dots with Region I Recap
America Walks was excited to continue our work with the Regional Offices of Health and Human Services and other federal agencies to Step It Up! and promote walking in their communities. We hosted Region I for a dynamic conversation on how to improve coordination in their region.

February 11, 2016- Kentucky “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” Webinar Held February 11
America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continued by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. You can watch a recording and download the presentations here.

February 8, 2016- America Walks Presents at 2016 Active Living Research Conference
Last week at the 2016 Active Living Research Conference, America Walks had the opportunity to present a poster on the evaluation of the first year of the Walking College. Our poster, titled “Creating the human capital to make policy change happen: an evaluation of the America Walks Walking College,” was one of 97 posters accepted to be presented in a special session at the conference. View the poster here.

January 28, 2016- America Walks to Join Rails to Trails and LOCUS Developers to Discuss FAST Act
America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy and LOCUS are excited to announce a free joint webinar “The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?” on February 24 at 2pm Eastern.

January 22, 2016- America Walks Hosts Ron Sims for Chat on January 20
America Walks was excited to host Ron Sims on January 20, 2016 for our first-ever Twitter Chat. The chat took place over an hour and offered participants a chance to get insights from Ron on his experience and expertise on walking, walkable communities and how to build a walking movement. A selection of questions and responses are posted here.

January 20, 2016- New Webinar “Pedestrian Planning for Communities: A Transferrable Training and Implementation Program from Kentucky” 
America Walks’ Tools for the Field webinar series continues February 11th by showcasing Kentucky’s “Pedestrian Planning for Communities” training and implementation program. In the last few years, this partnership effort, led by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Department for Public Health, has helped 30 communities across the state to develop, adopt and start to fund and implement pedestrian plans. Register Here! 

January 19, 2016- America Walks Releases New Report “Walking as a Practice”
America Walks is excited to release our new report “Walking as a Practice” with its related case studies. Walking as a Practice begins with choosing to walk for reasons other than transportation. The report looks at how 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. Read the full report and case studies here. 

January 14, 2016- America Walks Hosts Livable Communities for All Ages Webinar
America Walks is excited to partner with AARP for its first webinar of 2016. To meet its commitment to creating great places for people of all ages, AARP has developed several resources that should be in the toolbox of any walking advocate. We explored these resources and how one community is using them to make a safe, walkable, livable community. Watch the recording here.
January 11, 2016- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Announces Micro Grant Awards
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the awarding of our ten micro grants in support of the Call to Action. This new micro grant program was designed to assist local walking advocates build on the momentum of the newly released Surgeon General’s Call to Action.  Read more about the ten communities here.

January 5, 2016- New Jay Walljasper Article “Walking Steps Up as a Vital Sign”
America Walks is proud to be able to offer an exclusive first look at a new article from Jay Walljasper “Walking as a Vital Sign.” Jay examines the growing trend of clinics asking about patients’ physical activity along with other traditional metrics.

December 17, 2015- Join America Walks at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place
America Walks is excited to announce our partnership with the Pro Walk/Pro BIke/Pro Place Conference “Moving Towards a Healthier World” “Moving Towards a Healthier World” September 12-15 in Vancouver to develop a specialized walking track to continue the conversations critical to building and moving forward the walking movement. Read More
December 16, 2015- America Walks Announces Leadership Changes
As America Walks wraps up a powerful and eventful 2015, we wanted to share with you some news that will shape our path for 2016. Scott Bricker, our Executive Director, has decided to resign from America Walks. Read More

December 8, 2015- America Walks Announces 2016 Webinar Series
We are excited to announce our webinar series for 2016. We have scheduled dynamic speakers to share their knowledge and expertise and continue the discussion of how to make America a great place to walk.

December 3, 2015- Congress Supports Walking with Transportation Funding Bill
On December 3, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act), which is the result of the transportation agreement negotiated between the House and Senate throughout November. Read more here. 

November 20, 2015- State and Local Program Director Brings Vision Zero to his Hometown
America Walks State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas brought home his efforts to make America a great place to walk this past week. As part of his work on the Mayor’s Task Force for Pedestrian Safety in Columbia, MO, Ian helped to get Vision Zero adopted. By February, the subcommittees of the task force will need to have suggestions ready for improved pedestrian safety in Columbia. Read more about this exciting development here. 

November 16, 2015- America Walks Hosts Webinar for Elected Officials
America Walks and the National League of Cities was excited to be able to offer a webinar on how local elected officials can take advantage of the recently released Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities. Watch a recording of the webinar and learn how your city can Step it Up! 
November 11, 2015- Jay Walljasper Article on 2015 National Walking Summit
We are excited to be able to offer a new article by Jay Walljasper on the 2015 National Walking Summit. “Walking is a Basic Human Right” discusses how the 2015 National Walking Summit set strategy to make every American community walkable. Read the article here. 

 

 

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