At America Walks, we know that the benefits of walking extend well beyond health. Everything from familial relationships and community engagement to local economies and environments improve when communities are walkable. America Walks has supported local walking champions for twenty years, helping to create safe, accessible, and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active in communities across the United States.
Unfortunately, we know that not all communities have access to safe opportunities for active transportation. A recent trip to Houston by one of our own, Emilie Bahr, exemplified this as she explored neighborhoods where the sidewalk, quite literally, ends. This was understandably frustrating and got us thinking: What would you do if you lived in a community that wasn’t safe to walk in? What are some of the things you might do, as a resident, to help shift community demand in favor of walkability?
Here are several suggestions:
Want more tips? At the 2017 National Walking Summit, we will hear from local, state, and national walking champions who are working to make communities across the country more walkable. Hear firsthand from people who strapped on their walking shoes and made real change. Speakers represent a variety of backgrounds and sectors, reflecting the broad constituency affected by and working to improve walking conditions nationwide.