About the Organization:
America Walks is a non-profit national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Our mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as the collective voice for walking advocates.
For decades, walking has been the forgotten mode of transportation. Yet walking is a critical component of our urban transportation system. One quarter of all trips in the United States are less than one mile in length. The potential for increased walking is enormous.
America WALKs was founded in 1996 on two principles: first, that walking is a practical transportation choice with powerful benefits for both individuals and their communities,second, that local grassroots advocacy is the most effective way to transform our country’s transportation system.
Today, America WALKs provides a support network for local pedestrian advocacy groups. We offer advice about how to get started and how to be effective with public officials and engineering and design professionals.
America WALKs and its member organizations envision an America where every city street has sidewalks… where drivers always respect pedestrians… where a ten-year-old can safely walk to buy a loaf of bread. You can help realize this vision! Work with your neighbors to reclaim your street and your community. Help to design the transportation system of the future.
Above all, walk! Walk to the store, walk to work, walk your children to school, walk to visit your friends. Remember, you make a difference with every step you take.
Resources on Physical Activity:
Introduction to Pedestrian Advocacy
This America WALKS document provides an overview of the importance of walking and advocating for transportation policy changes.
Toolbox for Pedestrian Advocates
Website provides the basics of starting a grassroots group. Also provides sample newsletters and brochures.