On March 10-11th, walking advocates from around the country came together in St. Louis, Missouri for the second of a series of National Walking Summits hosted by America Walks focusing on local solutions for national change. The National Walking Summit- St. Louis explored how walking and walkability connects communities to overcome barriers, bridge divides, and address inequities that exist because of the legacies of injustice. Attendees of the conference heard from panels of speakers, explored work being done in the community, and developed skills around advocacy, communications, and Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.
The National Walking Summits are a convening of walkable community advocates and champions around the nation to understand challenges, celebrate progress, and share local solutions to walkable communities for change. This new series of National Walking Summits, which launched in September of 2019 in Colombus, OH, is meant to celebrate and identify local approaches and applications of national solutions that feature projects, programs, and practitioners that are creating safe, accessible, equitable, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.
The National Walking Summit-St. Louis focused on what it takes to achieve physically and socially connected communities for all members. Over 100 attendees had the opportunity to learn about a variety of topics including but not limited to: designing connected communities, addressing barriers to building connections, increasing accessibility and inclusion, and addressing safety. Attendees also spent time building connections with one another and finding ways to work together to create walkable communities.
America Walks hopes to continue to bring these National Walking Summits to communities across the US in 2020 and beyond.