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

August 9, 2018- America Walks Announces Criminalization of Walking Webinar
America Walks will host a webinar on September 12, 2018 exploring the criminalization of walking. Learn more and register here. 

August 8, 2018- America Walks Attends 2nd Autonomous Vehicle Dialogue
America Walks attended a forum on autonomous vehicles focusing on Digital Infrastructure and Data, hosted by FHWA. Read more about our experience here.

July 27, 2018- America Walks Welcomes New Board Members
America Walks is excited to announce that Veronica O. Davis and David Dixon have joined the board. We are excited to have them share their leadership and expertise as we continue to work to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.

July 24, 2018- America Walks Partners with NCHPAD on Alabama Workshop
America Walks staff spent time in Alabama for a walkability workshop in partnership with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity, and Disability. Read more about our time here. 

July 19, 2018- Discover July in Jamestown, ND
America Walks visited with a Community Change grantee and learned how the town of Jamestown, ND is using trails to inspire healthy lifestyles. Read more in the blog here.

July 12, 2018- America Walks to Explore Speed Management in August Webinar
Register today for “Act Fast: The Growing Call for Slower Speeds” where we will examine the role that speed management has in creating safer streets. Learn more and register here.

July 9, 2018- America Walks Attends Autonomous Vehicles Forum
America Walks attended a forum on autonomous vehicles hosted by FHWA. Read about what we saw and heard here. 

July 6, 2018- Speak Out Against Victim-Blaming
We have been alarmed by the growing narrative of distracted walking and victim-blaming around pedestrian fatalities. This distracts from the larger issues of safety and accessibility. Help us speak out against this trend. 

June 22, 2018- America Walks Commitment to Communities for All
As long as there are divisions in families, communities, and this country, America Walks will remain committed to creating spaces where all can be healthy, active, and engaged together. We implore our network to stay educated on this topic, to use their voice as they feel appropriate, and to consider how our actions of today will inform the creation and support of the communities of tomorrow. Read our commitment here.

June 21, 2018- America Walks Attends Release of AARP Livability Index
America Walks attended the launch of AARP’s 2018 Livability Index on Thursday, June 21. The Livability Index measures a number of factors in a community that contributes to its livability, including accessibility, transportation, opportunity, and many more. This is a great resource for advocates across the US to help make the case for walkable, livable communities. Learn more and explore the resource here. 

June 15, 2018- America Walks Attends Safety Data Forum
America Walks attended an all-day Safety Data Forum on Thursday, June 14th hosted by the US Department of Transportation. The Forum showcased work being done as part of the Safety Data Initiative and shared developments in how data can and should be used to address the alarming rise in transportation fatalities and injuries. Read more here.

June 14, 2018- America Walks Announces 2018 Webinars
America Walks announced the next six webinars in its monthly webinar series. Learn more about the topics to be explored and register now for each month by clicking here.

June 13, 2018- America Walks Explores the Benefits of Walkable Communities
America Walks explored the economic benefits that come from walkability and walking in its June 13 webinar. Featured speakers include representatives from Strong Towns, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and Active Living Research. Check out the webinar recording here.

June 6, 2018- Visit with Our Community Change Grantees
America Walks visited with for of our 2017 Community Change grantees in the report, “Community Change Agents Walk On.” Learn more about the inspiring work of these communities here.

June 1, 2018- Meet Anita Bennison
America Walks is excited to welcome our newest board member, Anita Bennison. Learn more about why she’s committing to empowering communities to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk.

May 18, 2018- Meet Kathy Sykes
America Walks is excited to announce our newest board member, Kathy Sykes. Learn more about Kathy’s background and why she’s passionate about walking and walkability here. 

May 16, 2018- Infrastructure Projects that Walk the Walk
To honor Infrastructure Week 2018, we’re highlighting five projects that walk the walk in supporting people-first infrastructure by using programs and tools to mobilize community members, address barriers, and practice placemaking. Each in their own way address the legacies of our auto-centric cities including the wide streets, high speed limits, and lack of crosswalks that prioritize traffic over people. Read the full blog post here.

May 11, 2018- America Walks Attends Creating an Active America Together Congressional Briefing
America Walks was honored to attend the Creating an Active America Together Congressional Briefing hosted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity on May 10th. Read more about the event here.

May 9, 2018- America Walks Hosts Webinar on Livable Communities for All Ages
America Walks hosted a webinar that looked at community programs that support physical activity and livability for people of all ages. Watch the recording here. 

April 18, 2018- Meet the 2018 Class of Walking College Fellows
America Walks is proud to announce that we have selected the 2018 class of Walking College Fellows. Read the announcement and meet the Fellows here.

April 12, 2018- Nashville Active Transportation Advocates Get on Board with Transit
This case study looks at how the pedestrian advocacy group Walk Bike Nashville embraced transit to improve walkability and livability in their community. Read the study here.

April 11, 2018- Making the Case for Transit
America Walks hosted a webinar on April 11th featuring the working of TransitCenter and three communities improving access to transit and walkability. The webinar looked at ways transit and walkability advocates can work together to create livable communities. Watch the recording here.

April 4, 2018- America Walks Hosts Third Walking Towards Justice Episode
In the third episode of our Walking Towards Justice discussion series, the expert panel tackled safety for people of all genders, sexual orientations, and backgrounds. Watch the recording here.

March 28, 2018- New Report Looks at Designing for Inclusive Health Grantees
America Walks is excited to release its latest report, a look at the work being done by the three communities who last year received Designing for Inclusive Health grants. The grants were made in partnership with NCHPAD. Read the report here.

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. 


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