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Webinars

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

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

White Papers

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

The Walkability Movement and a New, Biden Administration

The following blog was written by America Walks’ Executive Director Mike McGinn. A change in administrations can be a time of great possibility and hope – that the right people and policies can finally generate real change on the ground.  But we all know it won’t be easy. I rode those hopes as a newly … Continue reading The Walkability Movement and a New, Biden Administration

New Podcast Series Examines Intersection of Walkability and Race

Lily Linke is an artist, educator, and urban planner who specializes in community engagement. She recently completed her Masters degree at Tufts University in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, and she is currently on the job market! You can reach her at lilymhlinke@gmail.com. Deciding to focus on walkability for my Masters thesis topic was … Continue reading New Podcast Series Examines Intersection of Walkability and Race

We Asked NHTSA to Rewrite the Pedestrian Safety Playbook

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) declared October to be Pedestrian Safety Month – which was a laudable first for them. But the “Pedestrian Safety Playbook” they put out to support local public education efforts badly missed the mark. Put simply, NHTSA focused on behavior change, and particularly pedestrian behavior, rather than on the … Continue reading We Asked NHTSA to Rewrite the Pedestrian Safety Playbook

For the Sake of All Things Safe Walking and Moving – Let’s Vote

What does voting have to do with walking and moving and feeling safe in our communities?  Every day we see news reports and videos of people waiting on sidewalks in long lines to vote. In Tacoma Washington, this disability activist filmed his dangerous path to accessible voting machines (and won new sidewalks in the process).  … Continue reading For the Sake of All Things Safe Walking and Moving – Let’s Vote

How Can Walking Advocates and Leaders Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities?

This month we were grateful to co-host the Twitter Chat, How to Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities, hosted by Salud America as part of their regular #SaludTues Twitter Chats. Check out this recap of our points and some supportive links to relevant resources. 1. In what ways has an ethnocentric approach to urban and … Continue reading How Can Walking Advocates and Leaders Address Transportation Equity for Latino Communities?

We Can’t Walk If We Can’t Breathe: The Imperative for Racial Equity

This is a guest blog written by Lawrence T. Brown, the proud grandson and son of Mississippi Delta sharecroppers and preachers.  Lawrence is a visiting associate professor at the University of Wisconsin.  His research examines the impact of historical trauma on community health.  In June 2018, he was honored by OSI Baltimore with the Bold Thinker award for … Continue reading We Can’t Walk If We Can’t Breathe: The Imperative for Racial Equity

How to Conduct a Walk Audit in Your Community – Quick Video Guide for Assessing Your Neighborhood Walkability

A walk audit is an assessment of the pedestrian safety, accessibility, and comfort of a particular area. In addition to documenting specific issues and engaging the community in advocating for improvements, walk audits can be most effective when public officials and community members of varying backgrounds, ages and abilities are intentionally invited and welcomed along … Continue reading How to Conduct a Walk Audit in Your Community – Quick Video Guide for Assessing Your Neighborhood Walkability

The Pandemic Ate My Homework: The “Stupid” Project

This is a guest blog written by America Walks’ Walking College Fellow Scot Key. Learn more about the Walking College by clicking here. Yesterday, I was riding the wrong way uphill on the shoulder of Dennis Chaves Blvd. (NM-500), trying to stay with the orange barrels, seen above, between me and the many drivers zooming … Continue reading The Pandemic Ate My Homework: The “Stupid” Project

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