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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February 25, 2015- Over 85 Cities Join Mayor’s Challenge
Secretary Foxx announced that over 85 cities have joined the Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People, Safer Streets.  Read more and find out how you can get your city involved.

February 20, 2015- What’s Happening in Health Care Webinar
America Walks is pleased to be able to offer this webinar as part of our Inspiring Stories webinar series. Walking is one of the healthiest activities you can take up, so this webinar showcases two exciting programs from the health care industry. David Pauer of the Cleveland Clinic describes how doctors, nurses, and other health care workers are modeling healthy behavior through the clinic’s employee wellness program, while Jennifer MacDougall presents BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s statewide prevention initiative, based on walking clubs.

February 9, 2015- Executive Director Speaks on Issue of Drunk Walking
Executive Director Scott Bricker spoke with Next City on the topic of drunk walking.   The article examines the issue and what the larger discussion needs to be, pointing out “All roadway users must use due care, and have some level of responsibility to act with it, [but] we should prioritize people, not cars, in communities and the ‘public way.’”  Read the full article here.

February 5, 2015- Local Elected Officials Walk the Walk Webinar
America Walks hosted a Feb 5 Webinar with three local elected officials who are in a unique position to influence public policy and funding priorities to create walkable communities. As we learn in this Webinar, they can utilize the “bully pulpit” to focus enormous media and community attention on a particular issue.

January 29, 2015- New Webinar Announced: What’s Happening in Health Care
America Walks’ “Inspiring Stories” webinar series continues February 20th by showcasing ways the health care sector is promoting walking and other healthy lifestyle choices. Beyond the traditional medical practices of diagnosis and treatment, hospitals and health insurance plans are starting to embrace chronic disease prevention and community wellness initiatives, which increasingly focus on walking and walkable community design.

January 26, 2015- America Walks Executive Director Interviewed
Executive Director Scott Bricker was interviewed for the Next City article Bicyclists and Pedestrians, the Best of Frenemies and gave his recommendations on how to keep everyone safe on our streets and sidewalks.

January 22, 2015- Secretary Foxx Launches Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Streets
In his continued commitment to improve pedestrian and bicycle safety, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx launched the “Mayor’s Challenge for Safer People and Safer Street.”

January 13, 2015- NACDD and CDC to Launch Walkability Action Institute
The NACDD and CDC are partnering on a new project that will offer an action institute for interdisciplinary state/regional teams of professionals.

January 8, 2015- America Walks Launches New Series of Webinars
America Walks is excited to announce its first series of webinars for 2015. Building on the theme of “Inspiring Stories,” these free Webinars will showcase specific walkable community successes achieved by local elected officials, health care industry leaders and seasoned campaigners.

December 31, 2014- Walk Tonight, But Walk Safely, Walk With a Friend
In response to the December 29, 2014 article on Mother Jones, “Friends Don’t Let Friends Walk Drunk,” Scott Bricker, Executive Director of America Walks, offers the following comment on how to walk safe on New Year’s Eve.

December 29, 2014- Comments Submitted by America Walks on Retrospective Regulatory Reviews: State Safety Plan Development and Reporting
This letter offers our comments regarding the Retrospective Regulatory Reviews: State Safety Plan Development and Reporting announcement.

December 16, 2014- New Surgeon General Confirmed
The US Senate voted to confirm President Obama’s nomination for Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy.

December 13, 2014- Implications from New Spending Bill
The $1.01 trillion spending bill passed earlier this week by the House and the Senate has several implications for transportation.

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