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

March 26, 2018- America Walks Presents at Main Street Now
America Walks’ State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas attended the Main Street Now conference in Kansas City this week.  Hosted by Main Street America, this annual conference attracts more than 1,500 planners, economic development professionals, Main Street Managers, and others focused on preserving the historic character of cities and towns across the country, and promoting shared prosperity.

March 24, 2018- New Blog Series: Walkable, Roll-able Accessible Events: Setting the Stage for Possibilities 
Including people with disabilities is a social, moral and legal obligation for event planners, and it makes sense, as well as cents. Learn about our new partnership with disability rights advocate Juliette Rizzo to help make sure all fans have an opportunity to celebrate. Read more here.

March 22, 2018- America Walks Statement on Pedestrian Fatality in Tempe, AZ
The first pedestrian fatality caused by automated vehicles earlier this week in Tempe, Arizona, is a stark reminder that our work to create communities where walking is a safe transportation option is far from finished. Read about our take on what happened and what we think we need to be mindful of throughout the investigation. 

March 20, 2018- America Walks Receives 2018 Road to Zero Grant
America Walks, in partnership with UNC Highway Safety Research Center, is honored to have been selected to receive one of the 2018 Road to Zero grants awarded by the National Safety Council earlier today. Read more here.

March 16, 2018- America Walks Leads Maryland WALKshops
During the week of March 12-16, America Walks’ Ian Thomas and Walk2Connect’s Dustin Ratcliff facilitated three WALKshops in different parts of Maryland.  Contracted by the Maryland Department of Health to assist nine local public health agencies develop collaborative community plans to increase walking and expand walkability, Ian and Dustin held pre-WALKshop conference calls with the public health leads to help them recruit partners from planning, parks and rec., transportation, elected offices, and community advocacy. Read more about their experience here.

March 15, 2018- America Walks to Host Webinar on Transit-Walkability Connections
Learn about the success that transit and walkability advocates can have when they work together on the April 11th webinar, Making the Case for Transit. Learn more and register here.

March 13, 2018- America Walks Boards Member Speaks Up for Safety
In a recent blog post, America Walks board member, Kevin Mills, writes about the need for safe streets in all communities. Read the post here.

March 9, 2018- America Walks Executive Director on Automated Vehicles
Automated vehicles may have the opportunity to address many of the challenges facing today’s cities, including accessibility and traffic congestion, , but no matter their development, the re-thinking in how we use our streets and providing all users equal access to the street will improve our community quality of life. Read more of the statement here.

March 5, 2018- America Walks Responds to GHSA 2017 Numbers
Last week, the GHSA shared its first numbers on 2017 and it seems as though little has changed- an estimated 5,984 people were killed compared to 5,997 people in 2016. Read our statement here.

February 23, 2018- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Sends Letter to Surgeon General
Members of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative have sent a letter to the US Surgeon General on the importance of incorporating walking and walkable communities in his work. Read the letter here.

February 22, 2018- Walking College Fellows Creating Change
Read about the experiences of one Walking College fellow as she works to bring walkability to her community in a recent blog post. 

February 19, 2018- Meet Billy Hattaway
America Walks is excited to have Billy Hattaway join our board of directors. Learn more about his background passion for walking here.

February 15, 2018- America Walks to Host Webinar on Walkability
America Walks will host a webinar on March 14th, Pushing Boundaries: What Makes a Walkable Community, to expand what we talk about when we talk about walkability. Register here.

February 14, 2018- America Walks Hosts Webinar on Walking Groups
America Walks hosted a webinar on starting and growing walking groups, providing a much-needed resource for communities and advocates. Watch the recording here.

February 6, 2018- What Does a Walkable Street Look Like?
In a guest blog post, Strong Towns offers guidance on what to look for in a people-oriented street vs. an auto-oriented street. Read the post here. 

February 2, 2018- America Walks Sends Letter on ACTE Elimination
America Walks, with other members of the Transportation Equity Caucus, has sent a letter to Secretary Chao urging her to reconsider the elimination of the Advisory Committee on Transportation Equity. Read the letter here. 

February 1, 2018- 2018 Walking College Applications Open
America Walks is excited to announce the launch of the applications for the 2018 Walking College. This interactive, online learning program empowers walking champions to become better advocates. Learn more and apply here.

January 25, 2018- America Walks to Partner with CDC on Built Environment Webinar
America Walks will host CDC and several of its partners on a webinar, From the Ground Up: Built Environment Strategies and Support for Walkable Communities on February 27th. Learn more and register here.

January 19, 2018- Sexism on the Sidewalk: How Poor Street Design Keeps Women from Walking
In this guest blog post by Katie Matchett, we explore how the issues facing women walking are different than men and how we can be planning for both genders. Read the blog here. 

January 18, 2018- Walking Towards Justice Series Completes Second Discussion
America Walks led the second discussion in its series Walking Towards Justice. The thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion looked at the intersection of law enforcement and criminal justice with the walking movement. Learn more and catch the recording here. 

January 10, 2018- America Walks Hosts First 2018 Webinar
America Walks hosted its first webinar of 2018, “Creating Safe Spaces for All Community Members.” Learn more and watch the recording here. 

January 4, 2018- America Walks Announces Community Change Grantees
America Walks is excited to announce the 27 communities who will receive Community Change grants to be used in 2018 to promote walking and support walkability. Read more and meet the grantees here.

December 14, 2017- America Walks Announces 2018 Webinars
America Walks is excited to announce the first six webinars in our 2018 monthly webinar series. The webinars look at a variety of topics and will feature programs, policies, and speakers relevant to the walking movement. Check out the list and register here.

December 13, 2017- America Walks Hosts Data Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar, “Turning Data into Action,” which looked at current trends and data of the walking movement. Speakers highlighted existing data sources, updates made in 2017, and way to use the data in advancing the work of the walking movement. Watch a recording and download some of the resources referenced here. 

December 10, 2017- America Walks Welcomes New Board Member Billy Hattaway
America Walks is pleased to welcome Billy Hattaway as a new member of the Board. Billy Hattaway is the Transportation Director for the City of Orlando. Learn more about Billy Hattaway here. 

November 16, 2017- America Walks Hosts Gentrification and Displacement Webinar
On November 15, 2017, America Walks hosted a webinar titled, “Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant Communities.” Presenters shared experiences and resources that address concerns of gentrification, including job creation, affordable housing, and representation, in creating walkable communities.  The webinar and related resources can be viewed here.

November 15, 2017- New Data on Walking Commutes Released
More Americans are walking to work according to new data released by America Walks and the League of American Bicyclists. Over 4 million commutes were made by foot in 2016. Read more about the growing trend here.

November 13, 2017- Designing for Inclusive Health Grantee Shares Success
Access Portsmouth, one of the grantees awarded in 2017 for the Designing for Inclusive Health program, has shared an inspiring blog post on their growth and success in the past several months. Read more about what they have done and what they have planned here.

November 3, 2017- America Walks Welcomes New Board Member
America Walks has invited Mayor Gordon Petrie to be a board member. Mayor Petrie, a former Walking College Fellow, will add an important perspective to the group. Read more about Mayor Petrie and his acceptance to the board here.

October 30, 2017- A Walking College Fellow Walks Past Cancer
Read how former Walking College Fellow Ann Mansfield is incorporating walking in her battle against cancer. The inspiring story is here.

October 18, 2017- Obesity Data Underscores Need for Physical Activity
New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention find that America’s obesity problem hasn’t gotten any better over the past couple of years, with the overall trend line continuing to tick upward. Read how physical activity, including walking, can help address this concerning pattern.

October 13, 2017- America Walks Hosts New Jersey Inclusive Health Workshop with NCHPAD
On October 13, America Walks hosted an Inclusive Health workshop with NCHPAD. Seventy people attended the one-day workshop which looked at how to design an inclusive community project and use of language, imagery, and other communication tools. Learn more and download a copy of the materials here. 

October 13, 2017- America Walks Presents at Congressional Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Expo
America Walks attended the Congressional Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Expo in Washington, D.C. on October 13. Organizations from across the country attended this event that was designed to raise awareness about the childhood obesity issue and showcase how communities, health professionals, nonprofit organizations and families can work together to get kids healthier and more active. Read more here.

October 11, 2017- America Walks Hosts “Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement” Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar, “Friends and Allies in the Walking Movement,” which looked at examples of programs, policies, and practices that demonstrated the strength we have when we come together to support walking and walkability. Learn more and watch the recording here. 

October 6, 2017- America Walks Hosts Workplace Wellness Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar with ChangeLab Solutions on resources they have to support healthy and active workplaces. Learn more and watch the recording here. 

October 2, 2017- America Walks Launches Community Change Grant Application
America Walks has opened the third year of its micro grant program. This program awards funds to community projects that promote walking and support walkability. Learn more and apply here.

September 27, 2017- America Walks Hosts First Episode of Walking Towards Justice
America Walks launched the new webinar series, Walking Towards Justice, with a feature on the book Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Government Segregated America. Watch a recording of the webinar here.

September 26, 2017- Kate Kraft Featured on Third Wave Urbanism Podcast
Kate Kraft, executive director of America Walks, was the featured guest on a recent episode of Third Wave Urbanism’s podcast. Listen to the episode here.

September 22, 2017- America Walks Hosts Pennsylvania Workshop
On Thursday, September 21st, America Walks’ Ian Thomas and Project for Public Spaces’ Gary Toth facilitated an Action-Planning Walkability Workshop in Harrisburg, PA.  This was a follow-up to last year’s “Pennsylvania State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities.” Read more here. 

September 15, 2017- Over 600 Walking Champions Gather in St. Paul
Over 600 attendees joined America Walks in St. Paul, Minnesota for the 2017 National Walking Summit. The Summit explored the power of walkability in creating vital and vibrant communities. Read more here. 

September 8, 2017- America Walks Announces October Webinar
America Walks will host a webinar looking at the partnerships, policies, and practices that help make walkable communities come to life. Learn more and register here.

August 29, 2017- The World’s Greatest Walker
Emilie Bahr recently shared a Q-and-A with Helen and Nick Harris, who with Paul Marshall wrote the book “A Man in a Hurry: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Edward Payne Weston, the World’s Greatest Walker”. Read the post here.

August 21, 2017- America Walks Signs on in Support of DNPAO
America Walks, along with other partner organizations, signed a letter in support of funding for CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Read the letter here. 

August 16, 2017- America Walks Executive Director Shares New Jersey’s Walking Path
In a new blog post, Kate Kraft highlights work being done in her home state of New Jersey to embrace walkability, including Complete Streets policies, new design guidelines, and more. Read the post here. 

August 11, 2017- America Walks Launches New Walking Towards Justice Webinar Series
Too often discussions in walking and walkability happen without the benefit of historical facts, community precedents and cultural awareness. This unfortunately results in a lack of knowledge and understanding in the systematic and socially-constructed creation of past and present inequalities in neighborhood walkability—particularly in low-income and communities of colors. America Walks is looking to change that with our new Walking Towards Justice webinar series. Learn more and register for the first episode here. 

August 9, 2017- America Walks Releases Report on Every Body Walk! Micro Grantees
We are proud to report that the recipients of our second round of Micro Grant funding are showing how transformational seemingly small steps can be. Maps, murals, simple signage, and walking groups, among other endeavors, accomplished for relatively little cost, are adding up to big results for the 22 organizations that received funding in 2016. Read the report here. 

August 8, 2017- America Walks to Co-Host New Jersey Inclusive Health Training
Inclusive communities provide individuals with disabilities equal access to, and opportunities for, healthy living. This can be achieved by implementing policy, systems, and environmental changes that increase access to physical activity, healthful food, and healthy weight management initiatives. Read more here. 

August 5, 2017- Meet Our New Board Member- Laura Shipman
America Walks is excited to welcome Laura Shipman as our newest board member. Learn more about her work to promote walking and walkability.

July 26, 2017- America Walks Statement on the NTSB Report
America Walks commends the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) on its leadership to explore a topic that is of critical importance—keeping all roadway users safe by reducing speeds. Pedestrians account for the largest proportion of traffic fatalities and research has continuously shown that reducing speeds dramatically increases safety for all. Read more here.

July 25, 2017- America Walks Speaks at Main Street America Event
Ian Thomas spoke today at a national convening titled “The Convergence of Health, Place, and the Economy: Creating an Action Agenda for Rural Main Streets” hosted by the Project for Public Spaces and Main Street America.  He discussed outcomes from America Walks’ CDC-funded State Collaborative Workshops on Walkability series and described a model main street revitalization project in Batesville, AR.  Learn more here.

July 24, 2017- America Walks Communications Specialist Experiences Walkability Challenges in Houston
On a recent trip to Houston, TX, Emilie Bahr saw firsthand some of the challenges facing people who walk and bike. Read more about her experiences here.

July 3, 2017- America Walks Commits to #PlayonJuly
We are celebrating all of the great benefits that come with walking and playing outside this month as part of NRPA’s Park and Recreation Month. Join the conversation with #PlayonJuly. 


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