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Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest prevalence of disability (about 30%) of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  At the same time, the accessibility of public spaces and safety of roadways in tribal communities are lacking and AI/AN have a “per capita” pedestrian fatality rate more than four-and-a-half times … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

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Streetsmart: Evidence and insight for climate protection, public health, and equity in transportation

This is a guest blog by Kelly Rodgers, Executive Director at Street Smart. Kelly has 20 years of city planning experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors working in sustainable transportation, green infrastructure, and community design.  5 years ago, I had an idea to create a platform with the evidence and insight needed for … Continue reading Streetsmart: Evidence and insight for climate protection, public health, and equity in transportation

America Walks Honors Jay Walljasper – Prolific Storyteller and Champion for Unsung Walkable Communities

This is a guest blog and tribute written by Kate Kraft, Tyler Norris and Ian Thomas, all of whom worked closely with Jay Walljasper through America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative over the years.  Often times the world of walking advocacy can seem so small and insular despite the multiple disciplines and sectors … Continue reading America Walks Honors Jay Walljasper – Prolific Storyteller and Champion for Unsung Walkable Communities

How Can We Better Support a Walkable Community Movement? Share Your Vision With Us

2021 brings hope for change – what do you want it to be? We’re inviting you to share your challenges and your ideas for the future with us through THIS SURVEY, so that we can better represent and support local communities. The intersecting challenges of health, climate, safety, and mobility justice call for transformative change.  … Continue reading How Can We Better Support a Walkable Community Movement? Share Your Vision With Us

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest prevalence of disability (about 30%) of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  At the same time, the accessibility of public spaces and safety of roadways in tribal communities are lacking and AI/AN have a “per capita” pedestrian fatality rate more than four-and-a-half times … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

It takes a Village! Creating and Installing our Community-Engaged University of Massachusetts Boston Harborwalk Grace Trail

This is a guest blog written by Sarah Camhi and Linda Chiofar, with the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Boston. They were the recipients of our 2020 Community Change Grant Program. Our University and Local Community Needs University students have high levels of stress and anxiety. Our most recent … Continue reading It takes a Village! Creating and Installing our Community-Engaged University of Massachusetts Boston Harborwalk Grace Trail

The Walkability Movement and a New, Biden Administration

The following blog was written by America Walks’ Executive Director Mike McGinn. A change in administrations can be a time of great possibility and hope – that the right people and policies can finally generate real change on the ground.  But we all know it won’t be easy. I rode those hopes as a newly … Continue reading The Walkability Movement and a New, Biden Administration

New Podcast Series Examines Intersection of Walkability and Race

Lily Linke is an artist, educator, and urban planner who specializes in community engagement. She recently completed her Masters degree at Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and she is currently on the job market! You can reach her at lilymhlinke@gmail.com. Deciding to focus on walkability for my Masters thesis topic was … Continue reading New Podcast Series Examines Intersection of Walkability and Race

We Asked NHTSA to Rewrite the Pedestrian Safety Playbook

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared October to be Pedestrian Safety Month – which was a laudable first for them. But the “Pedestrian Safety Playbook” they put out to support local public education efforts badly missed the mark. Put simply, NHTSA focused on behavior change, and particularly pedestrian behavior, rather than on the … Continue reading We Asked NHTSA to Rewrite the Pedestrian Safety Playbook

For the Sake of All Things Safe Walking and Moving – Let’s Vote

What does voting have to do with walking and moving and feeling safe in our communities?  Every day we see news reports and videos of people waiting on sidewalks in long lines to vote. In Tacoma Washington, this disability activist filmed his dangerous path to accessible voting machines (and won new sidewalks in the process).  … Continue reading For the Sake of All Things Safe Walking and Moving – Let’s Vote

How Can Walking Advocates and Leaders Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities?

This month we were grateful to co-host the Twitter Chat, How to Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities, hosted by Salud America as part of their regular #SaludTues Twitter Chats. Check out this recap of our points and some supportive links to relevant resources. 1. In what ways has an ethnocentric approach to urban and … Continue reading How Can Walking Advocates and Leaders Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities?