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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

REGISTER FOR OUR WEBINAR – The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate 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 … 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

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

Meet America Walks’ 2020 Community Change Grantees – Grassroots Projects That Aim to Create Safety, Inclusivity and Accessibility

America Walks is excited to announce the awarded grants of the 2020 Community Change Grant Program. This program supports local, grassroots efforts to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active for all community members. Since it’s beginning in 2015, this grant program has provided funds for more than a hundred projects … Continue reading Meet America Walks’ 2020 Community Change Grantees – Grassroots Projects That Aim to Create Safety, Inclusivity and Accessibility