Walking Groups & Clubs

Case Studies

Seattle: Sidewalk Network Analysis

Seattle used a GIS-based approach to prioritize potential sidewalk projects. The city first analyzed sidewalk needs based on the presence and characteristics of existing sidewalks, such as physical buffers, traffic speeds and volumes, and block length. The city then analyzed sidewalks based on three demand analyses—potential pedestrian demand, socioeconomic / health equity, and corridor function—and … Continue reading Seattle: Sidewalk Network Analysis

New York: Slow Zones

In November 2011, the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) launched its first Neighborhood Slow Zone pilot program in the Claremont neighborhood of the Bronx. The area was selected for its relatively high frequency of serious traffic crashes and for its definable boundaries that could be easily marked for a zone. The goal of … Continue reading New York: Slow Zones

San Francisco: Data Collection

In addition to conducting manual pedestrian counts and installing automatic counters at select locations, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) recently created a pedestrian-volume model to extrapolate walking activity across a larger swath of the city. SFMTA first conducted manual and automated pedestrian counts at 50 study intersections with a variety of characteristics, from … Continue reading San Francisco: Data Collection

Portland: Training Instead of Fines

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough, a program of the Portland-based Legacy Health System, collaborated with the City of Portland, Multnomah County courts, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police Bureau, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and Willamette Pedestrian Coalition to offer eligible first-time traffic offenders—drivers, pedestrians, and bicyclists—the option of taking a Share the Road safety class instead … Continue reading Portland: Training Instead of Fines

Oregon: Strengthen Crossing Ordinances

Ray Thomas, an Oregon bicycle and pedestrian lawyer, and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition had been trying for years to induce drivers to yield more consistently to pedestrians in crosswalks. Oregon’s existing statute specified that a driver shall stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian when he or she is crossing the road in a crosswalk. … Continue reading Oregon: Strengthen Crossing Ordinances

Wisconsin: Train Officers

In 2007, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation updated its bicycle-training program for law-enforcement officers, which had been created in 1995 through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant, to include pedestrian statutes and crash-prevention techniques. The course is designed to give law- enforcement officers the basic knowledge, tools, and resources to create safe walking … Continue reading Wisconsin: Train Officers

Phoenix: Walk Score

The Phoenix Planning Department used Walk Score data to analyze the performance of existing light rail stations and to look at how proposed stations might perform if they were within a walking network connecting passengers to desired amenities. Walk Score data helped planners clarify which corridors and station locations performed best from a land use … Continue reading Phoenix: Walk Score

New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

As more people live longer and age in place, creating communities that are easy, enjoyable, and safe for older adults to walk through is crucial for both transportation and public-health considerations. So, in 2003, Transportation Alternatives (TA), a New York City–based transportation advocacy organization, created a Safe Routes to Seniors program. With funding from the … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes for Seniors

New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Created through New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2007 PlaNYC strategic plan, the Safe Routes to Transit program within the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) aims to improve pedestrian conditions in and around transit stops throughout the city. The Safe Routes to Transit program addresses three main transit conditions: unsafe bus stops under … Continue reading New York: Safe Routes to Transit

Portland: SmartTrips

In 2002, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) created an individualized marketing program to reduce drive-alone trips and increase walking, bicycling, transit, and carpool trips in targeted areas. Portland modeled its program after those found in Australia and Europe. After two pilot programs in 2003 and 2004, Portland added activities and extended its outreach to … Continue reading Portland: SmartTrips


Walking at Work: The What, Why & How of Walking Meetings (November 17, 2016 Webinar)

Walking is a great way to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. One way to make sure you are getting the recommended amount of steps is to turn meetings at work into walking meetings. This webinar explores the what, why and how of walking meetings and learn from examples of businesses and organization … Continue reading Walking at Work: The What, Why & How of Walking Meetings (November 17, 2016 Webinar)

Walking as a Practice April 14th Webinar

In this webinar, we will take a take a closer look at the “Walking as a Practice” report that was released in January 2016 and can be downloaded here. This report outlines four categories that identify how individuals and organizations are engaging in the practice of walking. Participants hear from the author of the report, Jonathon … Continue reading Walking as a Practice April 14th Webinar

Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar

America Walks was excited to host the third webinar of our free 2016 webinar series on March 8, 2016- “Exploring Tactical Urbanism”. In March’s webinar, we looked at how tactical urbanism is helping to shape the built environment. Walkable communities are safe, healthy and vibrant communities. America Walks was excited to offer a webinar that explores how the idea of tactical urbanism is instrumental … Continue reading Exploring Tactical Urbanism Webinar

America Walks Connecting the Dots Webinar

This webinar is the first part in an exciting new initiative to bring together local advocates, federal agencies and our network to grow the work being done to make America a great place to walk! Agency representatives discuss the structure and background of agency regional offices including Departments of Health & Human Services, Department of Transportation … Continue reading America Walks Connecting the Dots Webinar

Call to Action – What Does it Mean? Webinar

America Walks is excited to announce that the Surgeon General released his Call to Action on Walking and Walkable Communities titled “Step it Up!” on September 9th with an event in Washington, DC. This is a shining moment for the walking and walkability efforts underway across the country and we want you to be part … Continue reading Call to Action – What Does it Mean? Webinar

Why Walking? Webinar

On Thursday June 18,  America Walks held the first webinar in the Walking College Webinar series, “Why Walking?” which took a foundational look at the practice of walking and the history of walkability. Jonathon Stalls, Founder and Lead Itinerant with Walk2Connect, started with a discussion of “walking as a practice” – as distinct from walkability and the … Continue reading Why Walking? Webinar

The State of Walking Advocacy Organizations in the US

In this webinar, you’ll find out more about the scale and scope of the walking movement in the US. Join America Walks National Coalition Director Kate Kraft and Board Member Wendy Landman to hear: -Results of our 2014 survey of organizations working on walking – the report will be issued just after the webinar. -Resources … Continue reading The State of Walking Advocacy Organizations in the US

Health & the Environment – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging

Health, the environment and other factors such as lifestyle have a great impact on overall quality of life.  Research shows that being healthy over our lifespan and healthy aging have a direct correlation.  We know physical activity/walking is one of the key ingredients in achieving this goal.  This webinar will feature the health benefits of … Continue reading Health & the Environment – An Interdisciplinary Approach to Healthy Aging

Building the Walking Movement—New Strategies and Coalitions

“Hear” from presenters who are our partners in the Every Body Walk Collaborative and all working to make America a great place to walk. “Tell” us how you and other walking advocates plan to be involved to ensure the success of the National Walking Movement. Time will be allotted at the end of the presentations … Continue reading Building the Walking Movement—New Strategies and Coalitions

Follow the Leader: Successful Community Initiatives

Topics of discussion include: Brief description of a successful walking initiatives that are implemented nationally and locally Strategies for building a successful community walking program from a 1) national perspective-GirlTrek and the YMCA of the USA, 2) state perspective-Oregon Walks, and 3) local perspective-Count on Yourself!