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 28, 2017- Meet Our Newest Board Member
Meet our newest board member, Sonia Jimenez. Sonia’s interest in promoting the need for more walkable communities comes from the understanding that walking as active transportation promotes community, health, sustainability, and an overall better quality of life. Read more about her background here.

June 27, 2017- Explore the Positive Power of Walking
In our latest article, we explore the many benefits that come with walking that extend well beyond individual health. The walking movement intersects with issues economics, housing, equity, climate change, and more. Read the article here. 

June 16, 2017- America Walks Hosts Alabama State Workshop
More than 45 state agency staff, representatives of statewide non-profit organizations, and local officials attended our June 16th Alabama State Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Communities. Read more about their experience here.

June 15, 2017- America Walks and NCHPAD Announce Grant Awards
America Walks and NCHPAD today announced the awards for their new Designing for Inclusive Health Micro Grants which look to create healthy, active, and engaged communities for all members. Read about the grantees here. 

June 14, 2017- America Walks Explores Ways to Track and Measure the Walking Movement
America Walks hosted a webinar on “Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability.” Learn about some of the resources available to measure walkability in your community by watching the recording of the webinar here. 

June 8, 2017- Walking Toward Equity
America Walks posted to Salud Today’s blog on the connection between walkable communities and equity. Every community member deserves safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be active. Read the post here.

June 2, 2017- On the Sustainable Path
America Walks believes climate change is one of the greatest challenges currently facing the world and one that, if we do not take action now, will have dire consequences for future generations. Read our statement here. 

June 1, 2017- America Walks Releases New Case Studies
Ever wonder happens when Walking College Fellows leave the classroom? America Walks is excited to release four case studies that look at what several past Fellows are up to in their communities. Learn more and read the case studies here. 

May 24, 2017- Make Communities Healthy and Safe
America Walks took to the US Department of Transportation’s blog, Connections, today to talk about creating safe streets for people who walk, bike, and use active transportation. Read the blog post here. 
May 18, 2017- Columbia, MO Adopts Vision Zero Plan
The City of Columbia, Missouri has developed a strong Vision Zero Implementation Plan, according to Columbia City Council member and America Walks staff member, Ian Thomas.  When the Council unanimously adopted a Vision Zero Policy in December, 2016, they instructed City Manager Mike Matthes to work with the Police Chief, Public Works Director, and Public Communications Manager to develop an Implementation Plan.  Read more here. 

May 11, 2017- America Walks Announces June Webinar
Our June webinar will look at how we track and measure the walking path. The webinar, “Tracking the Walking Path: Tools and Programs to Measure Walking and Walkability” will be held on Wednesday June 14 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific. Register here. 

May 10, 2017- America Walks Hosts Rural and Small Town Webinar
America Walks hosted its webinar “Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities and Small Towns” on May 10. The webinar looks at tools, information and programs that can be used to encourage physical activity in rural communities and small towns. Learn more and watch the recording here. 

May 10, 2017- America Walks Joins Partnership for Inclusive Health
America Walks is proud to be part of the Partnership for Inclusive Health and to make a public statement of support at the Commit to Inclusion event held today in Washington, DC. Learn more here. 

May 9, 2017- America Walks Advocates for Livable Communities of All Ages
America Walks believes that people of all ages deserve to have safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Our recent blog post in Strong Towns looks at that topic and the discussion we hope to have at the 2017 National Walking Summit. Read more here. 

May 1, 2017- Download the New National Walking Summit App
Walking might be the original form of transportation but that doesn’t mean the National Walking Summit won’t explore new innovation and technology that encourages physical activity, including our first-ever smart phone app to engage participants, provide information, and make the most of your Summit experience. Download the app here. 

April 24, 2017- Ian Thomas Walks the Walk
Our State and Local Program Director, Ian Thomas, is on vacation trekking across the UK. Follow his journey and find inspiration for your own walks by reading his regular updates here. 

April 18, 2017- America Walks Releases New Transit-Walkability Fact Sheet and National Survey
America Walks hosted a webinar on the connections between transit and walkability as part of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative. The webinar also saw the release of a new Transit-Walkability Fact Sheet and National Survey. Learn more here. 

April 10, 2017- America Walks Signs On to Support TIGER Program
America Walks was proud to sign on to a letter led by Transportation for America that called for the continued support and funding of the TIGER program and other transit support. Read the letter here. 

April 3, 2017- 2017 National Walking Summit Registration Now Open
Registration has opened for the 2017 National Walking Summit to be held in St. Paul, MN in September. Check out the program and register today!

March 31, 2017- America Walks Statement on GHSA Report
Walking is on the rise across the U.S., and that’s a great thing. The troubling news? Pedestrian fatalities are also up, according to an disturbing new report released by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) earlier this week. Read our full statement here.

March 30, 2017- New Grant Program Available
America Walks is excited to partner with National Center for Health, Physical Activity and Disability on a new micro grant program for communities looking to create inclusive health. Learn more about the program and check out the application here. Applications due April 28th at 5pm.

March 30, 2017- America Walks and NCHPAD Host Webinar on Designing for Inclusive Health 
America Walks and National Center for Health and Physical Activity and Disability hosted a webinar that looked at the importance of designing communities for all members and explored work being done in New York and Iowa around these efforts. Watch the recording and learn more here. 

March 9, 2017- America Walks Hosts Conversation on Barriers to Walking and Physical Activity
America Walks hosted a webinar on March 8th, 2017 to look at the barriers that exist to walking and physical activity. The “Right to Walk” webinar shared research, resources, and programs from organizations working to make sure every community member has safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be active. Watch the webinar here. 

March 8, 2017- America Walks to Explore the Great Outdoors
America Walks’ next webinar will Explore the Great Outdoors, looking at the benefits to and opportunities for walking and being active outdoor. Learn more and register here.

February 22, 2017- America Walks Statement on 2016 Traffic Fatalities
America Walks is alarmed and saddened by grim statistics released earlier this month showing that traffic deaths have spiked for the second year in a row. A total of 40,200 people – each one a family member, friend, and neighbor – lost their lives in motor vehicle-related crashes in the U.S. in 2016. Read the full statement here. 

February 22, 2017- America Walks Launches Partnership to Explore Transit-Walkability Connection
America Walks announced today the formation of the Transit-Walkability Collaborative, whose purpose is to expand safe, healthy, equitable, and sustainable communities by harnessing the synergy between walkability and quality public transit service. Learn more here. 
February 16, 2017- New Webinar to Look at Advancing Neighborhood Change Through Equity and Inclusion
Join America Walks as we share some of our recent work on the issues of gentrification and displacement and hear from three people working with and in communities around the US who are tackling this challenge. Learn more and register here. 

February 9, 2017- America Walks to Host Webinar on the Right to Walk
Every community member deserves safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be active. Learn how organizations and communities are working to overcome barriers to walking with our March 8 webinar, “The Right to Walk.” Register Here.

February 8, 2017- America Walks Examines Partnerships for Walkable Communities
Walkable communities are the most successful when people come together to create a place where every person has safe, accessible and enjoyable active transportation. What kind of coalitions and partnerships have worked best in creating walkability? Watch our webinar “Path to a Walkable Future” to explore this topic.

February 1, 2017- America Walks Shares The Action Guide with Network
America Walks is excited to partner with National Quality Forum to share The Action Guide, an important resource for coming together to create healthy communities. The Action Guide is a framework to help multi-sector groups work together to improve population health by addressing 10 interrelated elements for success and using the related resources as needed. View the briefing and download the guide here.

February 1, 2017- Applications Open for 2017 Walking College
America Walks is excited to open applications for the third year of our Walking College program, an online education program for walking advocates from across the US. Learn more about the program here and be sure to get applications in by the February 28th deadline!

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