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America Walks’ Women of the Walking Movement

Women have long-labored through the steep evolution of the walking movement. Here at America Walks, we recognize that women are essential to walkability and the creation of safe, accessible, enjoyable, and equitable places to walk. We’re taking a moment to highlight some of our internal champions — women who have been building up America Walks … Continue reading America Walks’ Women of the Walking Movement

Women of the Walking Movement: Susan Feldman

“We need infrastructure for pedestrian safety, but building design and orientation are so important, especially for women, children and vulnerable populations,” says Susan Feldman, America Walks’ recently retired Finance and Operations Manager of 8 years. Susan always placed a strong emphasis on “safe” when we talk about safe walkable communities. She’s been a long-time advocate … Continue reading Women of the Walking Movement: Susan Feldman

Women of the Walking Movement: Molly O’ Reilly

“I have tended to be persistent, which is one technique for overcoming that discounting,” says America Walks former Board Member, Molly O’ Reilly. Molly recounts that in the 1990’s women were almost non-existent in the transportation planning field, and that back then, you often had to overcome having your perspective discounted. Molly is a founding … Continue reading Women of the Walking Movement: Molly O’ Reilly

Women of the Walking Movement: Paulina Baeza

Paulina Baeza is a Transportation Planner for INCOG, Tulsa’s Metropolitan Planning Organization. She says the needs of modern women have often been overlooked when developing cities, and it becomes evident when they are forced to overcome barriers like transportation or the limited availability of uses and services such as daycare facilities, grocery stores, employment hubs, … Continue reading Women of the Walking Movement: Paulina Baeza

Walking College Fellows Take Their Advocacy to the Big Leagues

The Walking College is a place where walkable community advocates from various professional backgrounds come together to learn from both expert mentors and each other, to build their advocacy dreams into strong action plans. Over the last five years America Walks has graduated about 118 Walking College Fellows from all over the US and is … Continue reading Walking College Fellows Take Their Advocacy to the Big Leagues

Walking the Road to Zero

This is a guest blog post by Sarah Shaughnessy. Sarah is the Community Health Planner for the Richmond City Health Department and a member of the 2018 Road to Zero cohort. She received a Master’s in Public Health and a Master’s in City and Regional Planning, both from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, … Continue reading Walking the Road to Zero

Walking College Fellow Discovers How to Connect “All Things Walking”

Pat Jewett is a 2017 graduate of the America Walks Walking College and currently writes a Walking and Hiking blog for GroupWorks. She also is an on-demand People Walker in Portland OR. Pat retired early from OHSU after a 28 career in work with nonhuman primates to focus on walking advocacy. She enjoys walking, relay … Continue reading Walking College Fellow Discovers How to Connect “All Things Walking”

What’s Next for Walking and Biking in 2019?

We sat down with the leaders of three national active transportation advocacy organizations, America Walks, the League of American Bicyclists, and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, to discuss the current climate of mobility advocacy, opportunities to collaborate, and what comes next. What work is the passion that drives your organizations’ work? The shared vision … Continue reading What’s Next for Walking and Biking in 2019?

You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability

This is a guest blog post by Jeff Speck, AICP, CNU-A, LEED-AP, Honorary ASLA. Jeff is the founding principal of Speck & Associates and the author of the best-selling Walkable City and, more recently, Walkable City Rules: 101 Step to Making Better Places, just published by Island Press. I never set out to be the “walkability” … Continue reading You Gave Me Your Word: How Good City Planning Became Walkability

The Return From Walk/Bike/Places 2018: Planning for People First, All People – Our Collective Work is Accessibility

This is a guest blog post by Juliette Rizzo.Juliette Rizzo is the former Ms. Wheelchair America, one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women and a long-time inclusive health and wellness advocate. Juliette is a nationally recognized public speaker and has over two decades of experience designing and producing largescale, highly visible public events. Click here to contact Juliette. Rolling in the tire tracks of some of the great leaders of the … Continue reading The Return From Walk/Bike/Places 2018: Planning for People First, All People – Our Collective Work is Accessibility