National Walking Summit Celebrates “Places for People” in Columbus

America Walks kicked off the first in a series of 2019-20 National Walking Summits in Columbus, OH earlier this week. There is no one-sized fits all solution– strategies that are employed to create safer walking environments must reflect the history, culture, and background of each community. With that in mind, America Walks is using the new series of National Walking Summits to embrace the opportunities brought on by these changes. These National Walking Summits will celebrate and identify local approaches and applications of national solutions that feature projects, programs, and practitioners that are creating safe, accessible, equitable, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active.

“The National Walking Summits have always provided an opportunity to come together, celebrate the success of the walking movement, and move walkability and walkable communities forward, “ said executive director, Kate Kraft. “The National Walking Summit-Columbus allowed us to do this and more with our local focus.”

The National Walking Summit-Columbus explored the theme of Places for People. At the heart of every community, no matter its size, location, or demographics, are people. People give life to places, and when this is celebrated and supported, individuals, communities, and institutions flourish. Columbus is a prime example of the how decision-makers, advocates, and community members are coming together to create these places.

America Walks welcomed over 100 attendees from Columbus, Ohio, and around the US who heard from expert speakers representing local, state, and national efforts to promote walking and walkable communities, hit the ground in Columbus to explore projects demonstrating the power of change, and took part in a Collective Action Workshop that allowed them input into the plans for the future of OHIO. Attendees had the opportunity to hear from over two dozen presenters on a variety of topics as well as spend time building connections with one another.

The National Walking Summit-Columbus was possible with support from the Ohio Department of Transportation and other valuable sponsors, a welcoming and knowledgeable Local Host Committee, and the expertise of our speakers and facilitators. America Walks will next head to St. Louis in March 2020.