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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

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