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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 creating 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

NEW WEBINAR: Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities – a conversation with author Andre Perry

America Walks Monthly Webinar DATE: Wednesday, August 5th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern TITLE: Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities – a conversation with author Andre Perry Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525207521722257423 Join America Walks for a conversation with Andre M. Perry about his book … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities – a conversation with author Andre Perry

NEW WEBINAR: Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

America Walks Monthly Webinar DATE: Wednesday, August 12th, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm Pacific, 2:00 – 3:30 pm Eastern TITLE: Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country (Part 2): Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525207521722257423 On Wednesday, August 12th, America Walks will broadcast Part 2 in the Walking Towards Justice in Indian … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

NEW WEBINAR: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

America Walks Monthly Webinar DATE: Wednesday, July 22nd – 11am PST / 2pm EST TITLE: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525207521722257423 In these stressful times, we are all looking for ways to help us stay healthy, active and connected as we manage the pandemic and the long-awaited call … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: The Nature Fix: Why Nature Makes Us Happier, Healthier, and More Creative

NEW WEBINAR: Walking as a Practice: What Does It Mean to You?

America Walks Monthly Webinar Walking as a Practice: What Does It Mean to You? Date/Time: July 8, 2020 at 2pm – 3pm EST, 11pm – 12pm PST Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7525207521722257423 There are many reasons to walk that are not related to transportation. The practice of walking can impact our health, spirituality, and culture. In this … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Walking as a Practice: What Does It Mean to You?

NEW WEBINAR: Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety

America Walks Monthly Webinar Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety Date/Time: June 23, 2020 at 3pm – 4:15pm EST, 12pm – 1:15pm PST Registration Link: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/8506217084384939023 Join America Walks and our partners from the tribal community planning world on Tuesday, June 23rd for Part 1 in our Walking Towards Justice in Indian Country series. Titled … Continue reading NEW WEBINAR: Tribal Transportation Planning and Pedestrian Safety

Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement

Webinar Title: ” Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement” Date and Time: Friday, August 14th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern Register Here About the Webinar Join us on August 14th for the latest webinar in America Walks’ “Walking College” series. Having learned about fundraising and personal leadership development in the … Continue reading Engage with Local Government: Critical Stakeholders in Your Walkable Community Movement

Blog

The Federal Government Can Spur Dramatic Transformation for Pedestrian Safety (if it so chooses)

The following blog is a set of people-first policy recommendations that America Walks’ Executive Director Mike McGinn recently sent to the US Department of Transportation.  Dear USDOT, Thank you for requesting input on pedestrian safety. Pedestrian deaths reached a 30-year high in 2019. They have increased 60% in the last ten years. Traffic crashes are … Continue reading The Federal Government Can Spur Dramatic Transformation for Pedestrian Safety (if it so chooses)

Libraries: The New Engine of Community Engagement and Walkable Neighborhood Advocacy

This is a guest blog by Noah Lenstra, Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Noah has been keeping an eye on how public libraries support walking since 2016 as part of his Let’s Move in Libraries initiative. Contact: lenstra@uncg.edu / @NoahLenstra Ask for a phrase using … Continue reading Libraries: The New Engine of Community Engagement and Walkable Neighborhood Advocacy

Balancing the “Fierce Urgency of Now” and Humanizing Every Victim of Traffic Violence

This guest blog is a foreword written by Charles T. Brown, MPA, CPD, Senior Researcher and Adjunct Professor at Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University. Register here for our September 8th webinar for a conversation with Angie Schmitt, author of “Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America”.  Follow … Continue reading Balancing the “Fierce Urgency of Now” and Humanizing Every Victim of Traffic Violence

Walking Promotes Mental Health – How to Encourage More Ambling, Strolling, Striding and Hiking in All Communities

This is a guest blog by Tyler Norris, Kate Kraft and Wendy Landman. When you go for a walk or a roll, you’re not just moving your body from place to place. Something’s happening to your brain. Your mind clears. As your muscles warm up and your back straightens, your stress lessens. By the time … Continue reading Walking Promotes Mental Health – How to Encourage More Ambling, Strolling, Striding and Hiking in All Communities

Austin Reclaims its Public Space With “Healthy Streets”

This is a guest blog post by Gabe Colombo, an urban design intern at Black + Vernooy Architecture and Urban Design in Austin and a master’s student in architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design. People love taking back their streets. The city of Bogotá, Colombia, has been closing its streets to automobile traffic … Continue reading Austin Reclaims its Public Space With “Healthy Streets”

Making Meaning and Finding Solutions for a Better Future and 5 Tips for Sparking Walkable Community Change

This blog was written by Kate Kraft, America Walks’ Executive Director. Kate provides seamless leadership and years of experience within the walking and active living movements to build prestigious partnerships, develop programs, and expand the walking movement. Kate is an expert in environmental and policy approaches to promote healthy lifestyles/built environments and is a spokesperson … Continue reading Making Meaning and Finding Solutions for a Better Future and 5 Tips for Sparking Walkable Community Change

Walking, Moving and Jogging Should Never Cost a Life – America Walks Statement on Ahmaud Arbery

The Ahmaud Arbery killing is a tragic reminder that for many it’s not just automobiles that make streets unsafe. As walkable community leaders and advocates we must acknowledge the traumatic ways that black, indigenous, and/or people of color are experiencing the public right of way and make sure our voices and recommendations acknowledge the structural racism that … Continue reading Walking, Moving and Jogging Should Never Cost a Life – America Walks Statement on Ahmaud Arbery

America Walks Announces Class of 2020 Walking College Fellows

We are thrilled to announce the names of the 25 local advocates who will receive Fellowships to participate in the America Walks’ Walking College program. This was our most competitive application process to date and we received more than 140 applications. In these challenging times, people-first  design, walkability, and the equity issues that follow, have … Continue reading America Walks Announces Class of 2020 Walking College Fellows

Physical Activity Can Be Helpful in the Coronavirus Pandemic

This is a guest blog by James F. Sallis, a health psychologist, and Michael Pratt, a preventive medicine physician at UC San Diego. Both have spent their careers researching physical activity and advocating for greater efforts to help people be active. As they cover the scientific validations for why moving and walking is critical in … Continue reading Physical Activity Can Be Helpful in the Coronavirus Pandemic

New Rules for Social Distancing While Walking

This is a guest blog post by Jen Udler of Positive Strides Therapy. Jennifer is a licensed clinical social worker in Maryland. She has 20 years of experience treating children, adolescents, and adults.  She specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and supportive counseling.   As a walk-and-talk therapist, I continue to walk and move with my … Continue reading New Rules for Social Distancing While Walking