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2017 National Walking Summit

The 2017 National Walking Summit is a premier event for professionals, advocates and organizers from the transit, health, and planning professions to share best practices, discover innovations, discuss ways to turn research into action, and form new partnerships. America Walks will work with partners of the Every Body Walk! Collaborative and other leading organizations to put together the strongest Summit yet. Learn more and register... Read more

National Walking Summit Call for Proposals

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America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative will host the 2017 National Walking Summit in St. Paul, MN from September 13-15, 2017. The theme of the Summit is “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability.” The Summit Program Committee is seeking individuals and groups to actively participate in the Summit. We are looking for sessions that emphasize action-oriented and results-driven research, programs, policies, and partnership to promote walking and walkability. Proposals due December 15. Learn more... Read more

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

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By Streetfilms Perhaps one of the best transportation stories of 2016 comes from Vancouver, B.C. where they have achieved a 50% sustainable mode share (bike, walk, transit) a full four years earlier than goal (2020). Long traditionally a region that prides itself on transportation options and rejecting the freeway movement in the 1960’s and 70’s (still the only major city in North America that boasts no freeways within its core) what Vancouver has done is set an impressive goal to... Read more

2017 Real Estate Trends to Watch

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As the old saying goes, “today’s trends are tomorrow’s reality.” In fact, the forces that will shape upcoming 2017 real estate trends are already in motion today and will continue to develop over the coming year. The five national real estate trends experts say are noteworthy for 2017 include walkable communities, downtown redevelopment, inclusionary zoning, and the internet of things. Read more... Read more

Frederick Looks to Make Itself More Walkable

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Foot traffic has long been important to shops and retailers in downtown Frederick, Maryland, but the city is making efforts to get people walking in other areas, as well. The sustainability plan Frederick passed in July calls for a complete streets policy, creating streets that “are designed and operated to enable safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities.” Read more... Read more

Webinar – Walking at Work: The What, Why and How of Walking Meetings

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Walking is a great way to incorporate more physical activity into your daily routine. One way to make sure you are getting the recommended amount of steps is to turn meetings at work into walking meetings and to encourage colleagues to stay active with you. Join America Walks for a webinar exploring the what, why and how of walking meetings and learn from examples of businesses and organization that have put them into practice. Register now... Read more

Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets

A Complete Streets approach can help Americans improve our health, our daily commutes, our local economies, and our communities. How can advocates encourage Complete Streets and work with engineers and practitioners to get these projects built? Join the National Complete Streets Coalition to answer these questions at Street Lights: Illuminating Implementation and Equity in Complete Streets, their first-ever Complete Streets conference. For more information... Read more

Webinar: Building Walkable Places in Allentown, PA

Join LOCUS and the City of Allentown, PA, for a webinar on the remarkable development opportunities in Pennsylvania’s third largest city. Allentown is an up and coming East Coast city with incredible development potential known for its vibrant, walkable downtown, flourishing business district, architecturally attractive neighborhoods, and diversified local economy. The city is home to Pennsylvania’s only Neighborhood Improvement Zone (NIZ) and has recently undergone a revitalization that has created new opportunities for walkable, sustainable development. Register now... Read more

Pedestrian Deaths Spike in Houston, Spurring Calls for Better Urban Planning

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At least 71 pedestrians in Houston were killed by cars as of Oct. 31, according to Houston police – a tally already 31 percent higher than the total for all 2015, with two months still remaining. Urban planners say this year’s surge in deaths may be driven by millennials’ preference to walk and senior’s reliance on travel by foot. Advocates and planners said the city needs to work more on safe streets by building sidewalks, narrowing lanes, encouraging safe speeds... Read more
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