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.
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 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.
July 25, 2016- America Walks Hires New Communications Specialist
America Walks is excited to announce the hiring of Emilie Bahr as our new communications specialist. Emilie brings a strong background in active transportation and journalism.
July 14, 2016- America Walks Hosts “Friends and Allies of the Walking Movement” Webinar
At the 2015 National Walking Summit, keynote speaker Ron Sims reminded us that though we may work as individuals, we are part of a larger walking movement and stronger than we realize. What can we do to expand this movement? Join America Walks as we explore possible new partners in the work towards making America a great place to walk, learning and growing with organizations, industries and communities that are already in step with the walking movement. Watch a recording of the webinar here.
July 14, 2016- 2017 National Walking Summit to be Held in St. Paul, MN
America Walks is excited to announce the 2017 National Walking Summit to be held in St. Paul, MN from September 13-15, 2017. After two extremely successful conferences in Washington, DC, we are moving the conference to a city that is embracing livability to give participants an opportunity to explore firsthand the potential of walkable communities.
July 12, 2016- America Walks Hosts State Report Card Webinar
America Walks, in partnership with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and YMCA of the USA, offered a chance to go back to school and measure the efforts of the walking movement through the recently released 2016 State Report Cards. Watch a recording and learn more here.
July 12, 2016- America Walks Announces Equitable Communities Workshop
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce that they will be leading two half-day trainings on building equitable communities at Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place in Vancouver on September 12th. Each session of this hands-on intensive training will teach participants how to compel and engage the public on issues related to walking and walkable communities using the framework of social justice and equitable communities. Learn more and apply here
July 11, 2016- New Jay Walljasper Article Looks at America’s Walking Renaissance
Our friend and colleague Jay Walljasper has written a new article that looks at our casebook, America’s Walking Renaissance. Read the article here.