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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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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