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  • Walking Steps Up as a Vital Sign (January 2016)
    America Walks is proud to be able to offer an exclusive first look at a new article from Jay Walljasper “Walking as a Vital Sign.” Jay examines the growing trend of clinics asking about patients’ physical activity along with other traditional metrics.
  • Walkable Town on the Prairie (April 2015) 
    The Jay Walljasper article looks at how the community of Albert Lea, MN is embracing a healthy lifestyles including walking are not just priorities for big cities. The town of 18,000 has been working towards the goal of healthy living since 2009 when it adopted a community-wide approach to wellness.
  • Healthy and Sustainable Communities Case Studies (December 2014)
    America Walks is excited to release our new cases studies that highlight how a number of states have been working successfully at the intersection of public health, transportation and commerce, specifically in ways that support walking for all ages and abilities and that foster walkable environments.
  • Local Elected Officials Case Studies (November 2014)
    America Walks is excited to launch its newest publication on the innovative approaches local leaders are taking to address the issue of walkability. Recognizing the importance that local leaders play in making meaningful community change, America Walks has produced case studies showcasing four local elected officials and their personal campaigns to improve walkability and increase walking in their home towns.
  • Walking is Going Places (November 2014)
    America Walks is pleased to once again partner with Jay Walljasper, author and speaker, to be able to offer access to his latest report Walking is Going Places.
  • Local Walking Advocacy Organization 2014 Survey Report (October 2014)
    To better understand the Local Walking Advocacy Organizations, Every Body Walk! Collaborative conducted an internet survey in February 2014 focused on identifying the organizational capacities and types of activities undertaken by these groups.
  • Pedestrians in Rural Context
    This presentation examines the unique opportunities and challenges for creating safe and accessible walking conditions in rural communities.

 

  • Population Shifts and Walking in the United States (July 2012)
    Major population shifts in the US point to changes in American attitudes and behaviors regarding walking.  These shifts are likely to result in a substantial increase in both recreational and utilitarian walking.
  • Uncontrolled Crossings National Task Force Survey Results (March 2014)
    Americans are increasingly embracing walking for transportation and recreation, but feel safe places to walk are lacking in most jurisdictions.  This is due, at least in part, to the lack of safe crossing opportunities between widely spaced signalized intersections.
  • Right of Way in the Crosswalk (September 2013)
    What do people walking all have in common besides trying to safely cross the street? The answer is confusion and frustration over where they stand with approaching motorists to claim their legal right to cross the street in a crosswalk.
  • Signalized Intersection Enhancement Report
    Walking is a healthy, environmentally friendly, and socially equitable form of transportation.  Improvements to the safety and convenience of walking are critical to maximizing the number of people who walk.
  • Why We are Stuck At High Speed (February 2012)
    Many people are concerned about the speed of automobiles in their community.  Higher speeds create both a traffic safety hazard, and an environment in which people are uncomfortable walking.
  • How Communities Are Slowing Down (February 2012)
    Communities around the US are addressing the problem of speed on their streets in a variety of ways. Every community’s problems and solutions are different, but there are some general approaches that resonate across the country.
  • Complete Streets Report
    Creating complete streets for pedestrians requires that we design streets that promote pedestrian use by prioritizing safety and access to destinations and encourage the development of a pleasant environment.
  • Pedestrian Action Safety Issue
    Pedestrian Safety Action Plans are one of the most promising new approaches to reducing pedestrian injuries and deaths and increasing walking rates.
  • Creating Places to Walk
    Efforts to encourage walking must extend beyond sidewalks, crosswalks and walk signals.  Communities must also create places to walk.
  • Walking is More Than Local
    Investment and policy decisions that encourage or discourage walking are made at the local, regional, state and federal levels.  Likewise, the public health, environmental and quality of life impacts of walking or not walking extend beyond local borders.