What’s New

June 2017

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, 2018- 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 2017

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 2017

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 SurveyLearn 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 2017

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 2017

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!

January 2017

January 23, 2017- America Walks to Host Special Briefing
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. Register here!

January 17, 2017- America Walks Attends TRB Annual Meeting
This past week America Walks staff had the pleasure of attending Transportation Research Board’s (TRB) Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. This Conference, with the theme Transportation Innovation: Leading the Way in an Era of Rapid Change was full of important and interesting transportation research and attracted over 13,000 people from around the world. With over 800 sessions and workshops addressing everything from policy to research to practice this conference had something for everyone.  Read more about our time at TRB here. 

January 12, 2017- New Webinar- Path to a Walkable Future
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? How can walking advocates work with other sectors to create vital and vibrant communities for the future. Join us as we explore the path to a walkable future.

January 11, 2017- America Walks Releases Report on Walking College Program
Over the past two years, we have worked with advocates from across the US through our Walking College program to build skills, learn from experts and each other, and, ultimately, strengthen their capacity to create walkable communities.  The Walking College curriculum and training process is outlined in a new report to look at how we are working to support, grow and improve this national walking movement. Learn more and read the report here.

January 6, 2017- America Walks Announces 2017 Webinar Series
America Walks is excited to announce our 2017 Webinar Series. Join us on the second Wednesday of each month as we explore the topics, questions and resources that are critical to building the walking movement. Register today!

January 5, 2017- America Walks Hosts Policy Briefing
America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy hosted a policy briefing on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern. The briefing explored what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Click here to learn more and check out the recording.

January 3, 2017- America Walks Announces 2016 Every Body Walk! Micro Grant Recipients
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second round of Every Body Walk! Micro Grant awardees. The micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at getting communities walking and creating more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. Check out the 22 communities receiving support for walking and walkability project here. 

December 2016

December 15, 2016- New Webinar: Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking
The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal phsyical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful tool. Learn how individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of walking to create lasting positive change with this webinar on January 11th. Register here.

December 13, 2016- New Webinar Looks at Transportation and Health in 2017
Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration.” The briefing will explore what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Learn more and register here. 

December 8, 2016- An Update from Batesville, Arkansas
Since our initial case study on Batesville, Arkansas, much work has been done to improve walkability and physical activity. Read more about their work to improve walkability here. 

December 7, 2016- America Walks Attends Meeting on New Physical Activity Framework
On Tuesday December 6th the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) gathered many of the key movers and shakers in the physical activity world for a meeting around their new Physical Activity Framework. America Walks is excited to be part of this conversation. Read more here. 

December 5, 2016- Recommendations for Active Transportation in the Trump Administration
America Walks, as a member of the Partnership for Active Transportation, has put together a set of recommendations related to active transportation for the Trump Administration. Read more here. 

December 2, 2016- America Walks Presents at Building Culture of Health
On Wednesday, November 30th the annual Building a Culture of Health in New Jersey meeting took place at the Pines Manor in Edison New Jersey. America Walks board and staff presented, read more here!

November 2016

November 28, 2016- America Walks Welcomes Two New Board Members
America Walks is excited to announce the appointment of two new board members, Lawrence D. Frank and Alex Moore. They will work with our Board of Directors to provide continued support and strategic advice on our efforts to make sure that every community has safe, enjoyable and accessible places to walk and be physically active.

November 22, 2016- America Walks Hosts Informational Webinar on 2017 National Walking Summit
America Walks and the planning committee for the 2017 National Walking Summit are excited to share some of our latest information about the upcoming Summit including details on how you can participate at the conference in St. Paul, MN September 13-15, 2017.

November 17, 2016- America Walks Explores Walking at Work with New Webinar
On our November 17th webinar, America Walks and panelists from Kaiser Permanente, ACE Fitness and Netwalking, LLC discussed ways people can increase their physical activity by getting more steps at work. Speakers explored the benefits of walking at work and ways to get started with walking meeting today! Learn more and watch the recording here. 

November 17, 2016- Walking Picks Up Speed
America Walks is excited to be able to share with everyone a new article by Jay Walljasper. One year after Surgeon General champions health benefits, walking is being recognized as an economic driver and everyone’s basic right. Read the full article here.

November 16, 2016- America Walks Supports Complete Streets Conference
On November 15, 2016 in Sacramento, CA, America Walks supported the first-ever National Complete Streets Conference “Street Lights.” This day-long conference was a chance to share ideas, brainstorm solutions, and celebrate the success of the Complete Streets movement nationwide together. The focus was on “Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Street” and featured presenters including America Walks Board Member Charles Brown. To learn more about complete streets, visit the National Complete Streets Coalition here. 

November 15, 2016- America Walks Statement on 2016 Election
At America Walks, we work at the local, state and federal level to achieve our goal of creating safe, accessible and enjoyable walkable spaces for every community member. The 2016 election provided America Walks with opportunities to engage with new partners on the issues related to walking and walkability, inform advocates from across the country on work being done in their communities, and to plan for a future where every individual has the right to walk. Read more on our thoughts on the 2016 election here. 

October 2016

October 31, 2016- 2015 Micro Grant Awardees Get People Walking!
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited about the great work carried out to date by our community partners as part of our first-ever round of micro grants awarded last year. The grants, issued in the wake of the U.S. Surgeon General’s Call to Action to get America walking, helped to fund an array of creative projects that are getting people moving. Read more about the inspiring stories here.

October 26, 2016- Transit Center Offers Matching Funds for Micro Grants
TransitCenter is thrilled to partner with America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative to help bridge the often siloed worlds of walkability and transit advocacy. Towards that goal, TransitCenter will award 1-1 matching funds to walkability projects selected as part of the Every Body Walk! Micro Grants that improve access to transit. Learn more here.

October 17, 2016- New Webinar Announced- Walking at Work
Learn how to incorporate walking during our daily routine at work with the November 17th webinar “Walking at Work” which will explore the topic of walking meetings and train attendees on how to encourage walking in their own business or organization. Learn more and register here. 

October 14, 2016- America Walks Welcomes New Board Member
merica Walks is proud to announce that Charles Brown, MPA, has joined our Board of Directors. Learn more about his experience and background here.

October 13, 2016- America Walks Hosts Rural Communities Webinar
America Walks hosted a webinar on Walking and Walkability in Rural Communities on October 13, 2016. The webinar featured presenters from WalkBoston, Safe Routes to School National Partnership, and Active Living Research. To view a recording of the webinar, click here. 

October 11, 2016- America Walks and National Walking Summit Highlighted in Strong Towns 
Strong Towns posted a piece by Communications and Public Affairs Manager Heidi Simon on the power of walkability to strengthening communities across the US. The post also highlighted the 2017 National Walking Summit’s call for proposals. Read more here.

October 6, 2016- Executive Director Speaks On Increase in Pedestrian Fatalities
Executive Director Kate Kraft spoke out on the increase in traffic fatalities and potential causes to the disturbing numbers released on 2015 data. Her interview can be found in “Death Toll Climbs for Walkers and Cyclists as Traffic Safety Measures Take a Back Seat.”

October 2, 2016- Every Body Walk! Collaborative Launches 2016 Grant Program
America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second year of Micro Grant Funding. This program will award grantees up to $1,500.00 for projects related to increasing walking and walkability. Click here to view the application. 



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