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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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. 

October 30, 2015- 2015 National Walking Summit Paves the Way to a Walkable America
The 2015 National Walking Summit took place in Washington, DC this week and hosted 500 participants at the premier event taking steps towards creating America a great place to walk. The Summit brought together organizations, advocates, businesses and leaders from local, state and federal government to discuss and advance a variety of topics related to the walking movement. Read More Here

October 28, 2015- America Walks Brings 150 Advocates to Capitol Hill
America Walks, as part of the 2015 National Walking Summit, led the Walk the Hill Day on Capitol Hill Wednesday. Over 150 local advocates visited offices of the US Senate and US House of Representatives to discuss issues of walking and promoting walkable communities for every American. Read more. 

October 21, 2015- New Jay Walljasper Article “A Good Place for Everyone to Walk”
We are excited to offer Jay Walljasper’s latest article “A Good Place for Everyone to Walk.” Walking is a powerful tool to change the world as well as a fundamental human right. Jay explores this tool and right as he looks at how walking plays a critical role in the question of justice. To read the article, click here.

October 16, 2015- America Walks Hosts Regional Office Webinar
This webinar is the first part in an exciting new initiative to bring together local advocates, federal agencies and our network to grow the work being done to make America a great place to walk! Watch a recording of the webinar here. 

October 9, 2015- America Walks Hosts What’s Happening in Washington Webinar
America Walks was excited to host the “What’s Happening in Washington” webinar as part of their efforts to prepare constituents to pound the pavement at Walk the Hill Day on October 28 during the 2015 National Walking Summit. Participants heard from leaders on current issues and what to expect from their day of advocacy. Watch the webinar here. 

September 25, 2015- America Walks Posts on Dept. of Transportation Blog
America Walks has taken over the Department of Transportation’s Fast Lane blog. Read about Secretary Foxx’s initiative for Safer People, Safer Streets and the 2015 National Walking Summit here.

September 15, 2015- America Walks Hosts Call to Action Webinar
Learn how to use the Call to Action and join the conversation with an exclusive webinar offered by America Walks which provides a briefing on the Call to Action and discussion with representatives from leading organizations on how they plan to implement it in their work. View the webinar and related resources here. 

September 9, 2015- Surgeon General Releases Call to Action
America Walks is excited to announce that US Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy, launched Step it Up!, the Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities on September 9th, 2015 in Washington, DC. The release calls on Americans to make walking a part of their daily activity and to take steps to make every community in America a great place to walk. To learn more and get involved, click here. 

August 28, 2015- America Walks Hosts Frankfort, KY Workshop
Yesterday, in Frankfort, KY, America Walks’ State and Local Program Director, Ian Thomas co-facilitated a Collaborative Workshop on Walkable Community Design with Gary Toth of Project for Public Spaces. Read More

August 28, 2015- Surgeon General Announces Call to Action Release Date
America Walks is excited to announce that the Surgeon General will release his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up!” on September 9th with an event in Washington, DC and simultaneous webcast. This will be a shining moment for the walking and walkability efforts underway across the country and we want you to be part of it! Read more

August 12, 2015- America Walks Hosts Montana State Workshop
Three State Agency Directors attended an America Walks in  workshop in Helena, Montana on August 12. State and Local Program Director Ian Thomas led the workshop and helped participants develop a proposed “Collaborative Framework for Walkable Montana Communities.” Read More

August 6, 2015- America Walks Hosts Walkability Webinar
On August 6, 2015 America Walks hosted Blue Zones experts Dan Burden, Samantha Thomas and representatives from local Blue Zones communities for the webinar “Walkbability: The Health and Wellness Equation.” Watch a recording of the video and learn how to take steps to make your community healthy here. 

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