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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)

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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

Over 25,000 Comments Calling for Safety and Equity Reforms to Once-Obscure Federal Street Manual

50+ Cities, Transit Agencies, Practitioners and National Organizations Call for Overhauling and Modernizing Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) By the end of Friday, May 14th, thousands of Americans had submitted over 25,000 comments in a once-in-a-decade opportunity to ask FHWA to make key changes to the Manual on Uniform … Continue reading Over 25,000 Comments Calling for Safety and Equity Reforms to Once-Obscure Federal Street Manual

Two America Walks Board Members Testify on Transportation Equity

We will only achieve equity when everyone has access to what they need to thrive — starting with our most vulnerable people — no matter their race, socioeconomic status, identity, where they live, or how they move around. This was the driving tone and focus of the remarks from both Veronica Davis, Houston Transportation & … Continue reading Two America Walks Board Members Testify on Transportation Equity

Our Submitted Comments to the Federal Register on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

For being what we were just recently referring to as The Most Important Pedestrian Safety Document You’ve Never Heard Of, an impressive 25,000 plus comments were submitted to the Federal Register on the notorious Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD). As a result of the incredible work of advocates like you, plus the vocal … Continue reading Our Submitted Comments to the Federal Register on the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

How the Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD) Puts Communities At Risk Via Dangerous Crosswalks

This blog features a guest video, words and work by Jessica Mathews, the operator of Epic Small Consulting, demonstrating just one of many ways the Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD) puts communities across the U.S. in danger. Jessica has been a people-first / safe streets advocate for decades, challenging the inherent issues with the MUTCD. … Continue reading How the Manual on Uniform Traffic Devices (MUTCD) Puts Communities At Risk Via Dangerous Crosswalks

Your Amazing Collection of Comments – Demanding a Better Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control devices (MUTCD) is a federal regulation based document that dictates the design of every single street in the U.S. It is deeply, inherently flawed, dated, oddly permissive and ultimately downright dangerous. To put it short – the MUTCD stands in the way of equitable, safe, accessible, sustainable, people-first communities. … Continue reading Your Amazing Collection of Comments – Demanding a Better Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices

America Walks Announces Class of 2021 Walking College Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the the 30 local advocates who will receive Fellowships to participate in the America Walks’ Walking College program in 2021. This was our most competitive and prolific application process to date. We received 226 applications for the 30 spots available for this year’s fellowship class, an application tally almost double … Continue reading America Walks Announces Class of 2021 Walking College Fellows

Sure, Blame the Drivers — But it’s the Street Design At Fault

This blog was written by America Walks’ Executive Director, Mike McGinn. Mike got his start in local politics as a neighborhood activist pushing for walkability.  From there he founded a non-profit focused on sustainable and equitable growth, and then became mayor of Seattle. Read more about Mike here. Garden Grove did a sting operation for … Continue reading Sure, Blame the Drivers — But it’s the Street Design At Fault

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

Claire Stanley Joins the America Walks Board

This is an interview blog with Claire Stanley, America Walks’ newest Board Member. Claire is a Public Policy Analyst with the National Disability Rights Network, having moved recently from the American Council of the Blind, where she advocated for the rights of blind and visually impaired persons, both on a direct level as well as on … Continue reading Claire Stanley Joins the America Walks Board

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