New Webinar: Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices

Webinar Title: Walking and Walkability in the Time of COVID-19: New Policies and Practices

Webinar Date/Time: May 13, 2020 at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, 11am Pacific


You can access a live stream transcript of the webinar here.

The coronavirus pandemic has created new realities for every aspect of our lives. This webinar will explore how walking and walkable community advocacy have been affected by physical distancing, stay-at-home orders, a slower economy, and racial and economic disparities in the impact of the virus.  Presentations will discuss why it’s especially important to stay active right now, how new policies and practices might help you do so safely, and what we can all learn about the future of the national walking movement and social justice issues in the face of this crisis.


Allison Arieff is Editorial Director of the Bay Area-based urban planning and policy think tank, SPUR. In 2018, she was the recipient of the AIGA Steven Heller Award for Cultural Commentary. She has been a Contributing Opinion Writer for the New York Times since 2006. Prior to SPUR, she was Senior Content Lead at the global design and innovation firm, IDEO. She was Editor in Chief (and founding Senior Editor) of Dwell magazine from 2001-2006; Dwell won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence under her tenure. She has written about design architecture and cities for the MIT Technology Review, Metropolis, City Lab, Wired and others and is the author of several books including Prefab and Trailer Travel: A Visual History of Mobile America.


James F. Sallis, Ph.D is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Family Medicine and Public Health at University of California San Diego and Professorial Fellow at Australian Catholic University, Melbourne.  His research interests are promoting physical activity and understanding policy and environmental influences on physical activity, nutrition, and obesity.  He has authored over 700 scientific publications and is one of the world’s most cited authors. Dr. Sallis is Past-President of Society of Behavioral Medicine and member of the National Academy of Medicine.


An Anthropologist Planner from Oakland, CA, Dr. Destiny Thomas, has a combined 6 years of experience working in a Project Manager capacity within government agencies. These roles include 3.5 years as an Environmental Planner for the State of California and 2.5 years as a Transportation Planner for the City of Los Angeles. In addition to this, Dr. Thomas has 7 years of experience leading key advancements in racial equity initiatives across the state by way of community organizing, policy writing, and non-profit management in communities that have been most impacted by racial inequities. Dr. Thomas earned a BA in Political Science from Fisk University in 2006, an MPA with an emphasis in Public Health and Non Profit Management from Tennessee State University in 2008, and a PhD in Social and Cultural Anthropology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in 2016. She is also a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.


Don Kostelec, AICP, is a 17-year professional in transportation planning, health analysis and comprehensive planning. He is applying and researching walkability and health through various projects throughout the United States. His specialty areas include: The Americans with Disabilities Act, Transportation Policy & Finance, Health Impact Assessment, Active Transportation Design, Complete Streets, and Governance. Don is a past member of the Idaho Walk Bike Alliance and BikeWalk NC Board of Directors. He has a Master of Urban Planning & Policy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Journalism from Western Carolina University. 

About Kelli McIntyre

Kelli McIntyre (she/her) is the Communications Associate for America Walks. With a background in exercise and sport science and over 15 years of experience in health and wellness program design and management, Kelli’s passions lie in human rights, social justice, and livable community advocacy. Kelli is a 2016 Walking College graduate and for the past 5 years has worked to inspire joyful movement, grow support for livable communities, and advance health justice at Get Healthy Philly, the Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention at the Philadelphia Department of Public Health. With a B.S. in Athletic Training from Boston University and an M.A. in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kelli is a lifelong learner and currently a 2020 candidate for MPH at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a member of the inaugural class of Bloomberg Fellows. Kelli is mom to an energetic teenager- Jack, a weekend warrior, a beginner yogi, an urban gardener, a loving basketball coach, a baby sister, neighborhood auntie, and an avid walker.