Many doctors and other health professionals cite moderate physical activity, including walking, as a “magic pill” for excellent health. It can maintain the body’s systems in good condition and reduce the risk of chronic illness.
Good health is not the only benefit of walking. In fact, there is a broad range of individual and community benefits that accrue when people walk more often and when communities are designed to make walking safe, enjoyable, and convenient.
Social Equity Benefits: Low-income families are more reliant on walking for essential journeys than the middle class, and yet low-cost housing is often located in the most car-dependent places.
Transportation Benefits: One quarter of all trips in the U.S. are 1 mile or less, and yet most of these trips are taken by car – increasing walking reduces traffic congestion and the cost of road maintenance. Download in Spanish
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.