Walkable Communities: Resources for Municipalities and Planners
Municipalities looking to promote health in their community have a national resource in “America Walks” and a new series of webinars, All Things Walking, designed to help support walking programs at the state and local levels.
According to the organization, walking is the most popular form of physical activity in the United States, yet, “41% of all trips made in the United States are one mile or less, fewer than 10% of all trips are made by walking and biking.” The vision for America Walks is this:
By 2020, walking in everyday life is embraced across America. Streets and neighborhoods are safe and attractive public places that encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and incomes to walk for exercise, recreation, and transportation. Walkable community policies promote health, economic vitality, environmental sustainability, and social equity.
The All Things Walking webinar series is offered to help municipalities make this vision a reality. The first webinar, “Data and Resources to Propel Local Walking Programs and Solutions,” will examine the benefits of walking and provide an overview of ways to implement local walking programs. Details and the registration for this free webinar are available on AHA’s calendar.
In addition to the webinar series, there are telephone discussion forums, online resources, community-based workshops and customized technical assistance to empower local communities to implement walking strategies. Learn more at America Walks.