Under a contract with the Maryland Department of Health, America Walks and Walk2Connect planned and facilitated a series of walkable community workshops across the state in 2018. These “WALKshops” enabled local public health leaders in eight rural counties plus Baltimore City to establish broad-based walkable community coalitions, build public support and political will for change, and develop implementation plans.
In 2018, America Walks partnered with the Alabama Communities of Excellence (ACE) program to develop and deliver a workshop on walking and walkability for the ACE communities (all of which have populations ranging from 2,000 to 18,000). Multi-disciplinary teams from nine of these small towns came together in Montevallo, AL to learn how investing in pedestrian safety and comfort in their Main Streets and Downtown Business Districts is an effective economic development strategy that also boosts tourism, public health, and quality of life.
The New York State Walking College (NYSWC) was developed in response to a request from New York State Department of Health to provide training assistance to their grantees, who are working to increase physical activity across the state. A customized version of America Walks’ national Walking College, the NYSWC curriculum focuses on strategies that lead to the adoption and implementation of Complete Streets policies and active transportation plans by individual municipalities.
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Follow these links for more information about America Walks’ T.A. program:
- Services and Products: Specific T.A. strategies we can implement in your community
- Technical Assistance Case Studies: Case studies about past America Walks work
- Contact: Who we are and how you can get started