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

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 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!

May 28, 2015- Executive Director Publishes Article on Walking
Executive Director Scott Bricker published an article, “Putting Pedestrians First,” as part of a new Walking in America section of the European Magazine. The article discusses the rising demand for walkable neighborhoods in America and what needs to be done to provide them. The full article can be found here.

May 26, 2015- Congress Approves MAP-21 Extension
The U.S. House of Representatives passed a two month extension to the federal transportation bill, MAP-21. The Senate approved the stop-gap measure late Friday with the expectations that President Obama will sign the legislation before the May 31 deadline. Read more on the legislation and funding debate. 

May 22, 2015- America Walks Hosts Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets Webinar
America Walks held the webinar, “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets” with representatives from the US Department of Transportation and mayors participating in the Safer People, Safer Streets Challenge.  This webinar is part of the “Take Action at the Local Level” webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design. View A Recording of the Webinar Here

May 19, 2015- National Walking Summit Announces Keynote Speakers
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce two confirmed keynote speakers for the 2nd National Walking Summit, Dr. Robert Bullard and Mr. Ron Sims. We are excited to add the voices of these two visionaries to the conversation that will take place in Washington, DC in October. Visit the Walking Summit website to learn more about these notable speakers and to register to see them speak at the Summit.

May 13, 2015- America Walks Submits Recommendations to Secretary Foxx
America Walks and other organizations sent a letter to Transportation Secretary Foxx making recommendation on policy related to pedestrian and bicyclist safety. Read More

May 13, 2015- America Walks Announces Recipients of 25 Walking College Fellowships
After a very competitive selection process, America Walks staff and Walking College Mentors have identified the 2015 recipients of Walking College Fellowships. America Walks is excited to officially begin the Walking College program on Monday June 8. Read More

May 8, 2015- State & Local Program Director Address Pedestrian Safety in Home Town
Columbia – a mid-west college town of 117,000 – is suffering a spike in pedestrians being struck by cars.  Ian Thomas, America Walks State & Local Program Director, will lead a Mayor’s Task Force on Pedestrian Safety to address this growing concern, and chronicling the process. Read more.

May 1, 2015- Bipartisan Safe Streets Act Introduced
U.S. Representatives Doris Matsui (D-CA) and David Joyce (R-OH) announced their reintroduction of HR 2071, The Safe Streets Act, to ensure that streets and intersections are designed with adequate pedestrian safeguards in mind. Read More

April 29, 2015- Executive Director Speaks on Demand for Walkable Cities
Executive Director Scott Bricker spoke with Infrastructure USA on the growing demand for walkable cities that allow for greater access to businesses and services without needing a car. The interview is available on the Infrastructure USA website here.

April 27, 2015- New Article: Walkable Town on the Prairie
America Walks is pleased to be able to offer access to the latest article by Jay Walljasper, Walkable Town on the PrairieThe article looks at how the community of Albert Lea, MN is embracing a healthy lifestyles including walking are not just priorities for big cities. The town of 18,000 has been working towards the goal of healthy living since 2009 when it adopted a community-wide approach to wellness.

April 26, 2015- New York Times Magazine Highlights Walking
The New York Times Magazine published a special feature on walking this week. The publication highlighted the magic of New York’s available walks as well as the efforts being made to protect the pedestrians who enjoy them. America Walks is pleased to see the attention being given to the beauty and importance of walking.

April 23, 2015- New Webinar “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets”
America Walks is excited to announce the next free webinar in its second series of 2015, “Mayors’ Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.”  This webinar is part of the “Take Action at the Local Level” webinar series that calls upon individuals to build community and institutional support for walkable design.

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was sworn in today in a ceremony with Vice President Joe Biden. America Walks congratulates Dr. Murthy on his appointment and looks forward to working with him. Dr. Murthy says he hopes to reduce chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease by promoting physical activity.

April 13, 2015- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Releases Messaging Toolkits
The Every Body Walk! Collaborative released new messaging toolkits as part of their efforts to grow the walking movement. The toolkits were highlighted in an April 13 webinar hosted by America Walks.  The toolkits and webinar are available online HERE.

April 6, 2015- National Walking Summit Registration Open
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2nd National Walking Summit to be held October 28-30 in Washington, DC. Register HERE to join the conversation of how to move the walking movement forward.

April 1, 2015- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Launches Video Competition
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative launched the 2015 Walking Video Competition.  The Every Body Walk! Collaborative wants people from across the country to show what walking means to them.The walking movement is growing across America and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative wants to highlight this growing strength by putting a face on the movement with a video competition.   Have fun, send in your videos and keep walking!


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