The resources you will find in this section will help you become an effective advocate for walking and walkable communities. You will learn about the public policy process and how to engage in it through partnerships, strategic communications, project planning and implementation. These resources will be most relevant for citizen advocates, local organizations, and elected officials.
Advocacy Tactics: For an overview of what you need to do to become an effective advocate, check out this step-by-step guide, produced by the Alliance for Biking and Walking.
Building Partnerships: No-one can do it alone, and different stakeholders (such as public health professionals and school teachers) can bring complimentary skills and knowledge to your advocacy campaigns.
Assessing the Environment: How walkable is your community right now and how many people are currently walking? Walk audits and other tools will help you understand your starting point before charting a course to where you want to be.
Planning and Prioritization: From walking events to complete street policies to sidewalk construction, there are lot of ways to advance the movement – but you cannot do it all. How do you decide what to work on in your community?
Promotion and Education: Special events, community programs, and social marketing campaigns are effective ways to promote walking and educate residents about the issues. These are great strategies to start with because you control the process.
Policy Advocacy and Enforcement: Meaningful, long-lasting impact on walkability requires changes in public policy and the built environment. These strategies are harder and take longer because they require buy-in from decision-makers, including elected officials.
Changing the Culture: Ultimately, the creation of a truly walkable community where most people walk for short journeys involves a cultural change. How do you change the way people think about transportation and land use?
Changing the Environment: Specific types of built environment changes are needed to make a community walkable – involving the design of streets, sidewalks, buildings, parking, green space and much more.
Finding Funding: As an advocate for walking and walkable communities, how do you fund your programs and policy campaigns?
New Community Change Grants Awarded
Meet the awardees of our 2018 Community Change Grants and read about the work they will be doing in 2019.
America Walks Explores Walking College Results
Every year, Walking College Fellowships are awarded to about 25 advocates who are working alone, in local organizations, or in their professional capacity to advance walkability. This is an overview of the program’s early successes in terms of tangible outcomes in communities across the country. Click HERE to download the PDF version of this report.
New Resources: Getting Started Practice Guides
We are pleased to be able to offer this series of Getting Started Practice Briefs designed to provide local organizations and advocates with resources, knowledge and insider tips on how to make their communities more walkable.
Review six concise fact sheets about the multiple, cross-cutting benefits of walking and walkable communities.
Search for more technical resources organized under topics that include sidewalks, speed management, and place-making.
Search our resources for citizens and local groups, organized under advocacy topics such as building partnerships, developing campaigns, and finding funding.