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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 5, 2016- Recommendations for Active Transportation in the Trump Administration
America Walks, as a member of the Partnership for Active Transportation, has put together a set of recommendations related to active transportation for the Trump Administration. Read more here. 

December 2, 2016- America Walks Presents at Building Culture of Health
On Wednesday, November 30th the annual Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey meeting took place at the Pines Manor in Edison New Jersey. America Walks board and staff presented, read more here!

November 28, 2016- America Walks Welcomes Two New Board Members
America Walks is excited to announce the appointment of two new board members, Lawrence D. Frank and Alex Moore. They will work with our Board of Directors to provide continued support and strategic advice on our efforts to make sure that every community has safe, enjoyable and accessible places to walk and be physically active.

November 22, 2016- America Walks Hosts Informational Webinar on 2017 National Walking Summit
America Walks and the planning committee for the 2017 National Walking Summit are excited to share some of our latest information about the upcoming Summit including details on how you can participate at the conference in St. Paul, MN September 13-15, 2017.

November 17, 2016- America Walks Explores Walking at Work with New Webinar
On our November 17th webinar, America Walks and panelists from Kaiser Permanente, ACE Fitness and Netwalking, LLC discussed ways people can increase their physical activity by getting more steps at work. Speakers explored the benefits of walking at work and ways to get started with walking meeting today! Learn more and watch the recording here. 

November 17, 2016- Walking Picks Up Speed
America Walks is excited to be able to share with everyone a new article by Jay Walljasper. One year after Surgeon General champions health benefits, walking is being recognized as an economic driver and everyone’s basic right. Read the full article here.

November 16, 2016- America Walks Supports Complete Streets Conference
On November 15, 2016 in Sacramento, CA, America Walks supported the first-ever National Complete Streets Conference “Street Lights.” This day-long conference was a chance to share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and celebrate the success of the Complete Streets movement nationwide together. The focus was on “Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Street” and featured presenters including America Walks Board Member Charles Brown. To learn more about complete streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition here. 

November 15, 2016- America Walks Statement on 2016 Election
At America Walks, we work at the local, state and federal level to achieve our goal of creating safe, accessible and enjoyable walkable spaces for every community member. The 2016 election provided America Walks with opportunities to engage with new partners on the issues related to walking and walkability, inform advocates from across the country on work being done in their communities, and to plan for a future where every individual has the right to walk. Read more on our thoughts on the 2016 election here. 

October 31, 2016- 2015 Micro Grant Awardees Get People Walking!
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited about the great work carried out to date by our community partners as part of our first-ever round of micro grants awarded last year. The grants, issued in the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to get America walking, helped to fund an array of creative projects that are getting people moving. Read more about the inspiring stories here.

October 26, 2016- Transit Center Offers Matching Funds for Micro Grants
TransitCenter is thrilled to partner with America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative to help bridge the often siloed worlds of walkability and transit advocacy. Towards that goal, TransitCenter will award 1-1 matching funds to walkability projects selected as part of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grants that improve access to transit. Learn more here.

October 17, 2016- New Webinar Announced- Walking at Work
Learn how to incorporate walking during our daily routine at work with the November 17th webinar “Walking at Work” which will explore the topic of walking meetings and train attendees on how to encourage walking in their own business or organization. Learn more and register here. 

October 14, 2016- America Walks Welcomes New Board Member
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merica Walks is proud to announce that Charles Brown, MPA, has joined our Board of Directors. Learn more about his experience and background here.

 

October 13, 2016- America Walks Hosts Rural Communities Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar on Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities on October 13, 2016. The webinar featured presenters from WalkBoston, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Active Living Research. To view a recording of the webinar, click here. 

October 11, 2016- America Walks and National Walking Summit Highlighted in Strong Towns
Strong Towns posted a piece by Communications and Public Affairs Manager Heidi Simon on the power of walkability to strengthening communities across the US. The post also highlighted the 2017 National Walking Summit’s call for proposals. Read more here.

October 6, 2016- Executive Director Speaks On Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities
Executive Director Kate Kraft spoke out on the increase in traffic fatalities and potential causes to the disturbing numbers released on 2015 data. Her interview can be found in “Death Toll Climbs for Walkers and Cyclists as Traffic Safety Measures Take a Back Seat.”

October 2, 2016- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Launches 2016 Grant Program
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Click here to view the application. 

September 30, 2016- Kate Kraft Writes Post for Active Living By Design
Executive Director Kate Kraft wrote a post for the Active Living by Design blog on how organizations and active living advocates can commemorate the one year anniversary of the Call to Action to Step It Up! Read the post here. 

September 19, 2016- 2017 National Walking Summit Theme Announced!
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability.” The conference will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. Walkability is at the cornerstone of creating neighborhoods that are vital and vibrant, allowing all members of a community to enjoy health, social and economic benefits in a variety of forms. To learn more and submit a proposal, click here.

September 12, 2016- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Launches Social Justice Toolkit
At the 2015 National Walking Summit, several of our keynote speakers and presenters put forth the call to action that the walking movement use walkability to undo decades of injustice perpetrated across the U.S. from policies, programs and attitudes that fuel social and economic divisions along lines of class, race, income and other differences. The Every Body Walk! Collaborative heeded this call with our new Social Justice Toolkit, with communication messages and other resources to help incorporate equity into the work of the walking movement. Explore the toolkit and provide valuable feedback here. 

September 9, 2016- America Walks Webinar on First Mile, Last Mile
America Walks hosted a webinar “First Mile, Last Mile: Connections to Transit” which explored the power that comes from combining the work of the walking movement with transit advocacy. Learn more and watch a recording here. 

September 8, 2016- America Walks to Host Webinar on Rural Communities
Different environments or types of communities offer different opportunities and challenges for promoting walking and walkability. One of the most common questions we get at America Walks is about resources available for walking in rural communities. Learn about some of the challenges that come with working in rural environments and a selection of resources that provide unique opportunities to promote walking and walkability in rural communities with our October 13th webinar “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities.”

September 7, 2016- America Walks Statement on 2015 Traffic Fatalities
At America Walks, we work tirelessly every day with our advocates and partner organizations to make sure that every community member has access to safe, convenient and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. It is our belief that even one life lost in a traffic crash is too many. This is why it was so disturbing to learn of the final data on 2015 traffic crashes released last week. Read More 
September 1, 2016- America Walks Hosts Pennsylvania Workshop
Five Cabinet-level officials with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania attended today’s America Walks Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities in Harrisburg, PA. State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas and Project for Public Spaces’ Gary Toth facilitated the workshop, whose goals included engaging State Department Secretaries in the benefits of walkable communities and the practicalities of inter-agency collaboration. Read more

August 18, 2016- America Walks Hosts Georgia Workshop
On Tuesday, August 9th, State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas, in partnership with Toole Design’s Ian Lockwood, facilitated a training workshop in Atlanta, GA for about 30 project officers and evaluation specialists with the Centers for Disease Control’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity. Read more

August 18, 2016- America Walks Hires New Fund Development Director
America Walks is excited to announce the hiring of our new Fund Development Director, Charlotte D’Ooge. Meet Charlotte here! 

August 15, 2016- Executive Director Mentioned in APA Publication
Executive Director Kate Kraft received a well-deserved shout-out in “Active Living: A Planning Subfield Comes of Age” in American Planning Association’s publication. The article speaks to the hard work done by in early stages of the active living movement. Read the article here.

August 11, 2016- Pokemon GO Offers Opportunity for Safe Walking
America Walks is excited that the world’s most popular app is luring millions of Americans off the couch and getting them moving. We believe the staggering success of Pokémon GO presents an opportunity to introduce enthusiasts – children and adults alike – to the benefits of walking while helping policy makers recognize the continued necessity of infrastructure and policies that support walking in our communities. Read More

August 10, 2016- “America Walks Recommendations on Proposed Performance Measures Rule”
America Walks and other members of the National Complete Streets Coalition wrote to Department of Transportation Secretary Foxx to urge him to reconsider the proposed rule which establishes performance measures for the National Highway System, freight movement on the Interstate system, congestion, and on-road mobile source emissions. The rule as it stands does not adequately account for people who walk, bike or use other forms of active transportation. To read our letter and recommendations, click here. 

August 10, 2016- New Webinar “First Mile, Last Mile- Connections to Transit”
Walkability and good public transit are natural partners because – together – they provide a reliable, supportive infrastructure for people to live well without a car.  This webinar explores ways for transit advocates and walkable community advocates to work together to create solutions in which the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. Learn more and register here.

August 4, 2016- America Walks Hosts Iowa Walkability Workshop
America Walks hosted a Walking Workshop at the Wellmark YMCA on Tuesday, partnering with the Iowa Healthiest State Initiative, the Center for Disease Control, the Project for Public Spaces, Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Department of Public Health, and Iowa Economic Development Authority to discuss walking and walkability in Iowa’s communities. Read More 

August 2, 2016- America Walks Hosts Training with Center for Transportation Excellence
America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence hosted an in-depth training on local ballot measures. The online training was attended by advocates from the walking and transit world to discuss ways to work together to promote active transportation. The training follows on our introductory webinar found here. 

August 1, 2016- America Walks Hosts “Designing Places for People Webinar”
America Walks hosted a webinar “Designing Places for People” with experts from Blue Zones. The webinar was the fourth in the 2016 Walking College Webinar series. For more on the webinar and to view a recording, click here.

 

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