The Walking College

The Walking College

Each February this leadership program is open to anyone in North America looking to hone their skills and knowledge around creating vibrant, safe, accessible communities for all people, regardless of age, race, income level or physical ability. In this sixth year of the program, we are seeking 30 Walking College fellows who want to be part of bringing about transformative change.

Participants, paired with experienced leaders in the field and peers working in similar capacities across North America, learn about the historical underpinnings of the car-centric transportation landscape and the basics of design and policy that foster safe, inclusive, accessible design for non-motorized transportation while developing essential leadership skills. Over the course of the program, they also create a blueprint for taking action on a particular problem in their community.

Typical Timeline of Activities for the Walking College:

  • Begins in late April
  • Ends in early September
  • Final Action Plans are due in mid-October
  • Graduation/diplomacy takes place in December

Previous fellows have worked to implement Complete Streets policies; developed walking school bus programs to promote non-motorized travel to school; created awareness campaigns to raise the profile of walkability challenges and benefits; used the arts to make their communities more people-friendly; and conducted comprehensive audits of their surroundings to aid in prioritizing improvements. 

To view a sampling of fellows’ Walking Action Plans, CLICK HERE or watch this inspiring recent video of our 2020 class:

Beyond the imperative, hands-on skills that Fellows will learn, perhaps the true glue of the program is the life-long relationships and highly connected walkable communities network that Fellows join by way of taking part in the Walking College and in working with America Walks – a resource that is regularly utilized and worked within once they begin to activate those skills in their communities. 

Applications are open each year throughout the month of February.  

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For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Walking College Manager Emilie Bahr at