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America’s Walking Renaissance: Free Copy

Walking is “IN”!  Real Simple magazine declared it “America’s untrendiest trend” in a cover story. The right to walk is becoming a major issue, as advocates for social justice, public health, neighborhood revitalization and other causes push for policies to make walking safer and easier in communities all across America.

A recent national poll from the National Association of Realtors finds that 79 percent of Americans believe it’s important to live “within an easy walk” of the places they want to go.U.S.

What’s more, Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced the Safer People, Safer Streets initiative effort to make walking safer in communities everywhere.  “Bicycling and walking are as important as any other form of transportation,” he declared at a major transportation conference.

Author Jay Walljasper, in partnership with Every Body Walk! Collaborative  and America Walks, has written America’s Walking Renaissance, which shares inspiring examples from communities across the United States where walking is making a difference in the lives of community members. Download a copy of the book for free.
AHA brought Walljasper to Wake County in spring 2015 to keynote Dig In! and for a meeting with elected officials and municipal and county leaders. He spoke about the value of placemaking, and walking and amenities that foster walking are part of placemaking.

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