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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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Stories from the Walking College: Pat Jewett Advocates Moving and Walking Via a Web of Active Partnerships

In an effort to show you exactly the types of advocates and community leaders that join and graduate from the America Walks Walking College, we’ve produced an in-depth series of stories featuring some of our past Walking College Fellows and the details of the people-first work they’ve gone on to activate in their local neighborhoods. … Continue reading Stories from the Walking College: Pat Jewett Advocates Moving and Walking Via a Web of Active Partnerships

How the MUTCD Creates Unsafe Conditions for People Just Trying to Access Food

Don Kostelec, AICP, is a 17-year professional in active transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. In this guest blog, Don shares his experience with how the notorious Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) affects pedestrian safety and specifically, vulnerable and food insecure community members in his city.  Convenience stores are often a vital … Continue reading How the MUTCD Creates Unsafe Conditions for People Just Trying to Access Food

José de Jesús Leal Joins the America Walks Board

This is an interview blog with José de Jesús Leal, America Walks’ newest Board Member. José  is a landscape architect with a wicked sense of humor, a penchant for truth-telling and a love for the natural environment. He believes in the power of play and the importance of maintaining a strong connection to the land. … Continue reading José de Jesús Leal Joins the America Walks Board

Want the Tools to Create a Safe Crosswalk? America Walks is Giving Away Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

America Walks, through the generosity of Carmanah Technologies, is making available a pair of Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons for the purpose of creating a safe crosswalk to a qualifying community in the states of Texas, Arizona, Illinois, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, South Carolina, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, or Arkansas. Check out the beacons by … Continue reading Want the Tools to Create a Safe Crosswalk? America Walks is Giving Away Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacons

URGENT ACTION ALERT: Demand a better recipe book for safer streets

Have you ever approached your city about adding a crosswalk in an important location for pedestrians? If you have, you’ve probably come away frustrated.   In the United States, neighborhood residents don’t get to decide where is the best place to place a crosswalk. Instead, that decision is left to an obscure technical document called the … Continue reading URGENT ACTION ALERT: Demand a better recipe book for safer streets

Stories from the Walking College: Kelli McIntyre Highlights Walkable Community Goals in the Struggle for Health Justice

In an effort to show you exactly the types of advocates and community leaders that join and graduate from the America Walks Walking College, we’ve produced an in-depth series of stories featuring some of our past Walking College Fellows and the details of the people-first work they’ve gone on to activate in their local neighborhoods. … Continue reading Stories from the Walking College: Kelli McIntyre Highlights Walkable Community Goals in the Struggle for Health Justice

Black Voices in Urbanism, Mobility and the Walkable Community Movement

Join us in listening to some of the fundamental lessons of Black History in urbanism through some of the prominent Black voices in our sphere. People we’ve had the pleasure of learning from on our various webinars and interviews. This is not an exhaustive feature but a brief, collective call to change straight from our … Continue reading Black Voices in Urbanism, Mobility and the Walkable Community Movement

The Most Important Pedestrian Safety Document You’ve Never Heard Of

Here at America Walks we’re thrilled about the opportunities with a new administration – from funding sidewalks and transit, to removing urban highways, to better pedestrian safety plans. But there is one Federal Highway Administration document that is particularly critical to getting great local streets – a document you may have never heard about – … Continue reading The Most Important Pedestrian Safety Document You’ve Never Heard Of

Stories from the Walking College: Why Evren Sönmez Advocates ‘Streets for People’

In an effort to show you exactly the types of advocates and community leaders that join and graduate from the America Walks Walking College, we’ve produced an in-depth series of stories featuring some of our past Walking College Fellows and the details of the people-first work they’ve gone on to activate in their local neighborhoods. … Continue reading Stories from the Walking College: Why Evren Sönmez Advocates ‘Streets for People’

Building the Local Capacity of the National Walking Movement: Outcomes from the First Four Years of the Walking College

The Walking College is a six-month, distance-learning fellowship. Participants, paired with experienced leaders in the field and peers working in similar capacities across North America, learn about the historical underpinnings of the car-centric transportation landscape and the basics of design and policy that foster safe, inclusive, accessible design for non-motorized transportation while developing essential leadership … Continue reading Building the Local Capacity of the National Walking Movement: Outcomes from the First Four Years of the Walking College