The first pedestrian fatality caused by automated vehicles earlier this week in Tempe, Arizona, is a stark reminder that our work to create communities where walking is a safe transportation option is far from finished. As we all wait to hear more about what happened, why, and, most importantly, how to prevent future crashes, America … Continue reading New Technology is Exciting- When It’s Safe
This is a guest post by America Walks board co-vice president Kevin Mills. Kevin Mills is Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. He has served on the America Walks Board of Directors since 2010, and as Co-Chair of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative since 2013. America Walks Board members are passionate about the … Continue reading Safe Places to Walk
Adriana Y. Hochberg is a 2017 Walking College Fellow and the creator of Sidewalk City, a blog about sidewalks and manhole covers from around the world and advocacy for more walkable communities. It all started with a walk audit. On a humid July morning last year, I met Berit in the parking lot of the … Continue reading One Walking College Fellow’s Winning Recipe for Walkable Suburbs
This is a guest blog post by Rachel Quednau at Strong Towns. You know those games you usually find on the back of a cereal box or in a kids’ magazine that present you with two seemingly identical pictures and ask you to spot the six things that are different in each? Well, here’s a much … Continue reading What does a walkable street look like?
This is a guest post by Katie Matchett. Katie is an urban planner and active transportation advocate in San Diego, California. She walks and bikes most days with her two young children, and sometimes even manages to find time to blog at Where the Sidewalk Starts. “Can we walk there?” my daughter asked. I was facing … Continue reading Sexism on the Sidewalk: How Poor Street Design Keeps Women from Walking
This is an update from the Access Portsmouth team who received a Designing for Inclusive Health grant in 2017 as part of the America Walks-NCHPAD partnership. We thought it was time to send a ‘season of Thanksgiving’ update to you. When we reflect on things we are grateful for, you easily make the list. Back … Continue reading Designing for Inclusive Health Grantee Shares Success
Ann Mansfield of Decorah, Iowa was diagnosed in March with stage 2 breast cancer. She quickly began treatment that included surgery, chemotherapy, antibody infusions and radiation. But this nurse, healthy-community advocate and 2015 Walking College fellow was not willing to take her treatment lying down. Rather, Mansfield has used walking as a means of getting … Continue reading A Walking College Fellow Walks Past Cancer
A Q-and-A with Helen and Nick Harris, who with Paul Marshall wrote the book “A Man in a Hurry: The Extraordinary Life and Times of Edward Payne Weston, the World’s Greatest Walker” He was considered one of the greatest athletes of his time, one of the most-revered representatives of a wildly popular and largely forgotten … Continue reading The World’s Greatest Walker You’ve Probably Never Heard Of
This post is written by our Executive Director, Kate Kraft, who works on a variety of projects in New Jersey including the upcoming Inclusive Health training. So many people give my adopted home state a bad rap. They joke about our parkway exits and revel in our Bridgegate, but I am here to tell you … Continue reading New Jersey Embraces Walkability and Complete Streets
At America Walks, we are committed to people-first design. Unfortunately, in practice in many communities across the US, individuals are not prioritized on our streets and sidewalks. Dr. Jim Sallis explores the topic in this guest blog post on the growing trend of motorized rideables on our sidewalks, an added element that has the potential … Continue reading Are Sidewalks for Pedestrians?