November 2014

November 2014

November 21, 2014- Vision Zero Symposium Releases Statement of Principles
Earlier this month, leaders from across the US came together in New York for the first-ever Vision Zero Cities Symposium. The participants drafted and released a Statement of Principles aimed at achieving the goals of the Vision Zero initiative.

November 21, 2014- Sec. Anthony Foxx Reaffirms Commitment to Pedestrian Safety
Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx gave an interview with AARP where he spoke of his commitment to pedestrian safety and his initiative “Safer People, Safer Streets.”  America Walks supports this work and is excited to see Secretary Foxx working for walkable communities.

November 18, 2014- Walking is Going Places
As America Walks continues its commitment to promoting safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions, we see firsthand the trend to walking as part of developing physically and economically fit communities.America Walks is pleased to once again partner with Jay Walljasper, author and speaker, to be able to offer access to his latest report Walking is Going Places on our website.

November 17, 2014- Walkable Urbanism on the Rise
Turning a metro space into a more walkable urban space, though costly, can reap benefits from economic growth to an increase in development. Walkable urban spaces have a higher amount of wealth and a larger number of college graduates than less walkable areas.

November 16, 2014- Global Day of Remembrance
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims was celebrated today, as people took time to remember the millions killed and injured each year on the world’s roads. It is a time to remember and to bring awareness to the serious issue of pedestrian safety. At America Walks, we are committed to promoting safe, convenient and accessible walking conditions for all.

November 14, 2014- Study Suggests Walking Prevents Cognitive Decline
A new study from the University of Kansas suggests that walking and walkable communities helps to prevent cognitive decline in people. In addition to the physical health benefits, safe and attractive walkable communities can help improve memory and other cognitive functions.

November 12, 2014- APHA Annual Meeting & Exposition Registration
APHA’s Annual Meeting & Exposition Registration will take place later this month in New Orleans. Registration is still open and details can be found here.

November 12, 2014- America Walks Highlighted in Crosswalk Discussion
America Walks was highlighted in a recent article by Greenville Online as part of a discussion on the need for a variety of types of crosswalks.  Different features such as countdown signals can help to make streets safer for pedestrians.

November 9, 2014- Ian Thomas, New State & Local Program Director
Find out more about Ian, America Walks’ State and Local Program Manager and Columbia MO Councilman.

November 7, 2014- NYC Implements New 25 MPH Speed Limit
New York City has reduced speed limits to 25 mph to improve pedestrian safety as part of the Vision Zero campaign.  America Walks supports New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as he takes steps to reduce roadway fatalities.  More information on the change can be found in this Wall Street Journal article.