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Discussion Forums

Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns: Follow-Up Discussion Forum

America Walks Discussion Forum:This forum is a follow-up to the webinar on innovative and effective ways to promote walking in mid-size towns. America Walks continues our focus on the Garden State. Presenters share success stories from three New Jersey communities: The connection between “place-making” and walkability in Bloomfield; An employee walking program in Montclair that … Continue reading Innovations to Promote Walking in Mid-Size Towns: Follow-Up Discussion Forum

Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the Right People

To bring about social change in a local area, activists and community leaders must lead the effort by working together. This expert panel follow-up discussion featured speakers from AARP and Safe Routes to School National Partnership who discussed innovative ways to engage the change agents in your communities to help make them more livable & … Continue reading Strengthening Change in Your Community by Engaging the Right People

Discussion Forum: The Impact of Walking on the Environment and the Economy

Safe, walkable communities impact both the environment and economy. We’ve invited an expert in each of these areas. Jackie Ostfeld, Director of Nearby Nature for the Sierra Club, will provide the audience with a brief overview of walking and its impact on the environment and how getting children outdoors and more active will strengthen the … Continue reading Discussion Forum: The Impact of Walking on the Environment and the Economy

Keeping Pedestrians Safe in Urban and Suburban Communities

Pedestrian safety is on everyone’s mind. At our March 20th webinar, Noah Budnick describes NYC’s Vision Zero Campaign, working toward zero deaths, zero injuries and zero fear of traffic.  Michael King discusses how the design of communities, specifically suburban settings, can be positive or negative influences on pedestrian safety.

Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety

Using the law as the framework for pedestrian safety campaigns is not the go-to choice for most safety advocates. Yet, when someone gets hurt or the police are urged to “do something,” it is the traffic law that governs what can be done. Pedestrian law advocate and lawyer Ray Thomas (Portland, Oregon) will present an overview of the nation’s crosswalk laws. … Continue reading Using Crosswalk Laws as a Framework for Pedestrian Safety

Show Me the Money: Fundraising for Local Walking Campaigns

Now, more than ever, fundraising is more challenging, as resources are not as plentiful and accessible as they once were. This discussion forum will talk about the ups and downs of fundraising for local walking campaigns and some strategies and interventions used in successful fundraising. Hear from experts in the field with diverse backgrounds and … Continue reading Show Me the Money: Fundraising for Local Walking Campaigns

Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices

Join America Walks and Alliance for Biking & Walking for an informative and interactive discussion on Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices. At this forum, you’ll hear about: A university’s plans to integrate and provide walking and physical activity into the “workstyle” of employees. A major health plan’s regional activities … Continue reading Walk and Work: Innovative Ways to Integrate Walking into Workplace and Business Practices

Repurposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond

Hear from featured speaker, Carol Dick, about each step in the process of turning underutilized public space in Lemon Grove CA, into revitalized Main Streets and Re-purposing Space. Carol Dick enjoys a successful career in city planning in Southern California. As the current Development Services Department Director of the City of Lemon Grove, a city … Continue reading Repurposing Public Spaces to Restore Walking on Main Streets & Beyond

Public Health and Walking: Turning Policy and Programs into Action

This discussion forum will explore the intersection between transportation, walking and public health and discuss activities that support both policy development and implementation. The audience will have an opportunity to hear from experts in the field and join the discussion on how to continue to empower the public health and transportation communities to work together.

Resources to Empower Your Community with Walking Initiatives

This webinar provides the local perspective on developing successful walking initiatives. Topics of discussion will include: The Walking Action Network-a program created to assist local communities with developing walking strategies designed to engage partners and local advocates in the walking movement Information about retreats and other resources available from the Alliance for Biking & Walking … Continue reading Resources to Empower Your Community with Walking Initiatives

Webinars

NEW WEBINAR: Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work

Join America Walks for a New Webinar! Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work DATE: Wednesday, July 14th, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5238641158307009806  Join us for presentations and a robust Q & A dialogue with active transportation professionals, nonprofit leaders, and equitable engagement experts around what it means to practice … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Authentic Community Engagement – Best Practices for Equitable Work

Open Streets – What happened, what did we learn and what’s next for people-first places? – Webinar Recording

Open Streets – What happened, what did we learn and what’s next? Webinar recorded: Wednesday, June 9th, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT During the pandemic North American cities and towns provided greater space for active mobility and social distancing – but will they now disappear? Hear from advocates, practitioners and experts about … Continue reading Open Streets – What happened, what did we learn and what’s next for people-first places? – Webinar Recording

NEW WEBINAR: The Collision Analysis You Want Your City To Do – To Save Lives

Join America Walks for a New Webinar! What could we learn about collisions if we didn’t just rely on police reports?  Oregon Walks volunteers put in 1400 hours to meticulously research and reconstruct the causes of every fatal collision in Portland from 2017-2019. It may be a model for governments to adopt – if they … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: The Collision Analysis You Want Your City To Do – To Save Lives

NEW WEBINAR: The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate

Join America Walks for a New Webinar! USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg is facing an early test of his commitment to reform – will he call for reframing and rewriting a federal manual that governs local streets? The Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices – which dictates the design of every street in the U.S., from … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: The ’Notorious’ MUTCD – Why Fixing a Federal Manual is Critical to Safety, Equity and Climate

NEW WEBINAR: Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event

Join America Walks for a New Webinar! Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event DATE: Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5342105200156786957 In a year that carried the undertone of general collective heartache and cancelled in-person events we learned a whole lot – and one thing we learned … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Best Practices for Hosting a Virtual Walking Event

NEW WEBINAR: Storytelling for Active Transportation Advocates

Join America Walks for a New Webinar! Storytelling for Active Transportation Advocates DATE: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5342105200156786957 How can we reach more people and convince them of the benefits of inclusive and accessible walkable communities?  We have incredible data on how they improve health, the … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Storytelling for Active Transportation Advocates

NEW WEBINAR: The Biden Administration and Transportation Policy

DATE: Monday, February 22nd, 2021 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/73849110303743502 The inauguration of President Joe Biden and the appointment of Pete Buttigieg as USDOT leader creates the potential for a dramatic shift in U.S. transportation policy. We’ve already heard discussions of complete streets, sidewalk … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: The Biden Administration and Transportation Policy

NEW WEBINAR: What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World – a conversation with author Sara Hendren

DATE: Wednesday, February 10th, 2021 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/73849110303743502 Join America Walks for a conversation with Sara Hendren about her book What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World. Walking or wheeling, accompanied or alone, getting around in public space means … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: What Can a Body Do? How We Meet the Built World – a conversation with author Sara Hendren

NEW WEBINAR: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All – a conversation with author Mindy Thompson Fullilove

DATE: Wednesday, January 13th, 2021 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/514638923832519950 Join America Walks for a conversation with Mindy Thompson Fullilove about her recently released book Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All. Main Streets, already weakened by malls and online shopping, have taken a … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Main Street: How a City’s Heart Connects Us All – a conversation with author Mindy Thompson Fullilove

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems (December 9, 2020 Webinar Recording)

*As mentioned in the webinar, we are hosting a National Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, January 6th to start to develop an implementation plan based on the recommendations in the white paper. Please email Ian Thomas <ian@americawalks.org> if you are a person with a disability or an advocate, accessibility/inclusion expert, tribal planner/engineer, public health professional, policymaker, … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems (December 9, 2020 Webinar Recording)

White Papers

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems (December 9, 2020 Webinar Recording)

*As mentioned in the webinar, we are hosting a National Stakeholders Meeting on Wednesday, January 6th to start to develop an implementation plan based on the recommendations in the white paper. Please email Ian Thomas <ian@americawalks.org> if you are a person with a disability or an advocate, accessibility/inclusion expert, tribal planner/engineer, public health professional, policymaker, … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems (December 9, 2020 Webinar Recording)

NEW WEBINAR: Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

America Walks Monthly Webinar Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems DATE: Wednesday, December 9, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1824924730426587408 On Wednesday, December 9th, America Walks will release a new White Paper on Inclusive Planning in … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People with Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems