Tag Archives: walking

St. Pete Envisions a Future Free of Traffic Snags

Imagine a city in which bicycles travel from place to place with the same ease as cars and other motorized traffic. That’s the idea behind St. Petersburg’s Complete Streets program. It’s the local edition of a national push by Smart Growth America to make sure everyone – pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities – can safely get where they want to go. Read more... Read more

How Your Suburb Can Make You Thinner

If people can’t be cajoled to walk for its own sake, is there another way to get them moving? In recent years, planners and policymakers have begun to consider this: If suburbs are the problem, maybe suburbs can be re-imagined as the solution. People drive because their neighborhoods encourage it—and sometimes even leave them with no choice. What, then, if their neighborhoods were built to foster walking? With the right layout and development, the notion goes, our suburban towns and... Read more

California Won’t Meet Its Climate Change Goals Without a Lot More Housing Density In Its Cities

​To meet the bold new climate change goals put in place last year, California will work to put millions of electric cars on the road, revolutionize its dairy industry and generate half of all power from solar panels and other renewable sources. But those efforts will come up short, warn state regulators, without dramatic changes to how Californians live and travel. Getting people out of their cars in favor of walking, cycling or riding mass transit will require the development... Read more

Beyond the First Step: The Many Benefits of Walking

The benefits of walking are many and widespread. From personal, physical and mental health, to strengthening relationships and engaging community members, walking is a powerful tool. Join America Walks for this webinar to learn how individuals and organizations are harnessing the power of walking to create lasting positive change. This webinar is intended for our advocates just getting started on the walking path as well as anyone interested in learning more about this topic. Register now... Read more

Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy for a policy briefing webinar exploring what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Register now... Read more

Biking and Walking Bring $1.6 Billion in Benefits to State, Aside from Improved Health

Biking and walking contribute $1.6 billion directly to Colorado’s economy — and that’s not counting an even bigger boost from health benefits, according to a new study from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Colorado residents are already among some of the most active and least obese in the country. State and local governments have invested heavily in trails, creating more than 5,000 miles of trail in recent decades where people can walk and bike away from... Read more

The Walking Cure: How Oklahoma City Lost 1 Million Pounds

Oklahoma City’s residents collectively lost 1 million pounds, a result the mayor credits in large part to providing more opportunities for getting around without cars. Funded by a sales tax and a multimillion-dollar bond issue, sidewalks, bike and walking paths, and a world-class rowing center popped up in the downtown area due to the mayor’s initiative. Read more... Read more

Extended Deadline: National Walking Summit Call for Session Proposals

The theme of the 2017 National Walking Summit is “Vital and Vibrant Communities: The Power of Walkability.” The conference, to be held in St. Paul in September, will explore how walking and walkability create engaged, thriving, and inclusive communities for all members. 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. Learn more... Read more

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

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
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