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Webinars

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)

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

NEW WEBINAR: The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America – a conversation with author Lawrence T. Brown

America Walks Monthly Webinar The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America – a conversation with author Lawrence T. Brown DATE: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4309119519997579787 Join America Walks for a conversation with Lawrence T. Brown about his … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: The Black Butterfly: The Harmful Politics of Race and Space in America – a conversation with author Lawrence T. Brown

NEW WEBINAR: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods

America Walks Monthly Webinar Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods DATE: Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm EST, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3676656241619999758 Join us for inspiring stories from youth leaders who are working to create safe, accessible neighborhoods. Youth are the … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Youth Leading the Way: Inspiring Stories of Youth Creating Safe, Accessible Neighborhoods

NEW WEBINAR: Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America – a conversation with author Angie Schmitt

America Walks Monthly Webinar DATE: Tuesday, September 8th, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm Pacific, 1:00 – 2:00 pm Eastern TITLE: Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America – a conversation with author Angie Schmitt Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1557368469553608720  Join us for an interview with Angie Schmitt and discussion of … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America – a conversation with author Angie Schmitt

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)

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest prevalence of disability (about 30%) of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  At the same time, the accessibility of public spaces and safety of roadways in tribal communities are lacking and AI/AN have a “per capita” pedestrian fatality rate more than four-and-a-half times … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

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

Blog

How the MUTCD Creates Unsafe Conditions for People Just Trying to Access Food

Don Kostelec, AICP, is a 17-year professional in active transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. In this guest blog, Don shares his experience with how the notorious Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) affects pedestrian safety and specifically, vulnerable and food insecure community members in his city.  Convenience stores are often a vital … Continue reading How the MUTCD Creates Unsafe Conditions for People Just Trying to Access Food

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

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 where is the best place to place a crosswalk. Instead, that decision is left to an obscure technical document called the … 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

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

Take Action for Stronger, Safer Communities through the Walking College

This blog was written by Emilie Bahr, Walking College Manager and Communications Specialist for America Walks. Emilie is a writer, urban planner, healthy communities advocate, and mother residing in Louisiana. In one of my earliest memories of seeing my late father angry, I am biking alongside him as he runs around the Louisiana State University … Continue reading Take Action for Stronger, Safer Communities through the Walking College

Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems

American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) have the highest prevalence of disability (about 30%) of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States.  At the same time, the accessibility of public spaces and safety of roadways in tribal communities are lacking and AI/AN have a “per capita” pedestrian fatality rate more than four-and-a-half times … Continue reading Inclusive Planning in Tribal Communities: Engaging People With Disabilities in Designing Safe and Accessible Transportation Systems