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Walking, Moving and Jogging Should Never Cost a Life – America Walks Statement on Ahmaud Arbery

The Ahmaud Arbery killing is a tragic reminder that for many it’s not just automobiles that make streets unsafe. As walkable community leaders and advocates we must acknowledge the traumatic ways that black, indigenous, and/or people of color are experiencing the public right of way and make sure our voices and recommendations acknowledge the structural racism that … Continue reading Walking, Moving and Jogging Should Never Cost a Life – America Walks Statement on Ahmaud Arbery

America Walks Announces Class of 2020 Walking College Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the names of the 25 local advocates who will receive Fellowships to participate in the America Walks’ Walking College program. This was our most competitive application process to date and we received more than 140 applications. In these challenging times, people-first  design, walkability, and the equity issues that follow, have … Continue reading America Walks Announces Class of 2020 Walking College Fellows

Physical Activity Can Be Helpful in the Coronavirus Pandemic

This is a guest blog by James F. Sallis, a health psychologist, and Michael Pratt, a preventive medicine physician at UC San Diego. Both have spent their careers researching physical activity and advocating for greater efforts to help people be active. As they cover the scientific validations for why moving and walking is critical in … Continue reading Physical Activity Can Be Helpful in the Coronavirus Pandemic

New Rules for Social Distancing While Walking

This is a guest blog post by Jen Udler of Positive Strides Therapy. Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. She has 20 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults.  She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and supportive counseling.   As a walk-and-talk therapist, I continue to walk and move with my … Continue reading New Rules for Social Distancing While Walking

Bringing Back “Automatic Pedestrian Recall”: How Coronavirus Might Make Walking Easier in the Future

This blog was written by Ian Thomas, America Walks’ State and Local Program Director. Ian is a veteran of the walkable communities movement – he co-founded the PedNet Coalition of Columbia MO, served on the America Walks Board of Directors for seven years until his appointment as our State and Local Program Director in 2014, … Continue reading Bringing Back “Automatic Pedestrian Recall”: How Coronavirus Might Make Walking Easier in the Future

Managing the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through Walking

Make no mistake- managing the uncertainty of the COVID 19 outbreak will require intentional effort and planning. We have suddenly entered a society that looks dramatically different from just a week ago and is unlike anything that (most of us) have experienced before. The constant media reporting of new cases and shifting circumstances, statewide school … Continue reading Managing the Uncertainty of the COVID-19 Outbreak through Walking

Walking with Community

This is a guest blog post by Daniel P. Price, a Walking College graduate from Pennsylvania. I live just two miles outside of downtown Pottstown in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. Like many industrial towns in PA, we’ve struggled over the past 30 years, but yet there was always a beating heart and sense of pride in … Continue reading Walking with Community

Walking College Fellows are Changing Their Communities for The Better

Over the past five years, America Walks has graduated 118 Walking College Fellows with deep knowledge of the policy and environmental changes required to create safe, accessible, equitable and enjoyable places to walk and move.  Each fellow developed a detailed and feasible walking action plan (WAP) that they started implementing in their home communities, covering … Continue reading Walking College Fellows are Changing Their Communities for The Better

Women of the Walking Movement: Wendy Landman

America Walks recently posed an opportunity for our audience, internal staff, and supporters to nominate women walking champions who they admire. This piece was written by Stacey Beuttell, Executive Director at Walk Boston, in recognition of Wendy’s powerful, 15-year tenure as Executive Director there.  Wendy assumed the role of WalkBoston Executive Director in 2004. In her first … Continue reading Women of the Walking Movement: Wendy Landman

Finding Your Way: the Surprisingly Complex World of Wayfinding

This is a guest blog post by Paige Colburn, Planner II at City of Huntsville Long Range Planning, and her colleagues, whose Wayfinding project was funded by an America Walks Community Change Grant this year.  I had no idea how much I didn’t know.  Wayfinding seems simple, right? Get people from point A to point … Continue reading Finding Your Way: the Surprisingly Complex World of Wayfinding