In this issue:
  • October is Pedestrian Safety Month
  • 2022 Webinar Series from 1k Friends
  • Events
  • Recap: Active Wisconsin network call & September webinar
  • Resources and Funding Opportunities
October is Pedestrian Safety Month
October is Pedestrian Safety Month! While you are outside taking a stroll to admire the foliage and perhaps enjoying a pumpkin spice beverage from your favorite local café, be sure to take a look at your surroundings and take note of what is there to make walking and rolling safe and accessible, and what is missing. We recently had the opportunity to spend some time with Johnathan Stalls: walking artist, author of the new book Walk: Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour, and founder of Pedestrian Dignity and Intrinsic Paths. Click here to read more on the Active Wisconsin blog.
1k Friends Webinar Series: October 19 from 12-1pm
Rethink I-794! Our October webinar features Ben Crowther from America Walks, Gregg May from 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, Architect Taylor Korslin, and Landscape Architect Zu Xhang. Our Rethink 794 campaign is reimagining I-794 in downtown Milwaukee as an at-grade boulevard that reconnects Downtown and The Third Ward. Working with a local architect and landscape architect, our team has developed renderings that we are excited to share with everyone! Come check out our webinar, learn about all wonderful upsides to Rethinking 794, and get the first glance of our professionally developed renderings.

The webinar is free. Link to register on zoom is here:
Events: Climate Fast Forward 2022
1000 Friends is excited to be a sponsor for the Climate Fast Forward conference hosted by the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters at the Monona Terrace and Convention Center in Madison on October 17. Climate Fast Forward 2022 gives everyone in Wisconsin a chance to be a part of the solution to the climate emergency. Our own Gregg May will be speaking on a panel!
In case you missed it...
September Webinar: Make Way for Pedestrians!
The September webinar is now available on our YouTube channel. Denise Jess from the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired and Cassie Steiner of Sierra Club Wisconsin gave a fantastic presentation about best practices and advocacy strategies for improving infrastructure to support pedestrian safety for all users. Click here to watch.
Active Wisconsin network call
Did you miss the Active Wisconsin fall network call with guest speaker Darrin Wasniewski? Lucky for you, the presentation, which was all about walk/roll audits and Pedestrian Safety Month in October - or "Walktober" as some like to call it - was recorded! You can view it on YouTube here.
Read, Watch, Listen, & Learn
A 4-part webinar series from Smart Growth Online celebrates Walk-tober with the Maryland DOT. Topics include pedestrian safety, infrastructure, the connection to health, and more. Read more and register here.

Did you know that 1 in 4 adults experience transportation insecurity? This greatly impacts economic well-being and the ability to access essential services. Researchers at the University of Michigan have developed the Transportation Security Index. Read more and access the tool here. (Graphic from Poverty Solutions at the University of Michigan).

Get ready for the 26th annual National Walk & Roll to School Day, coming up on October 12! Walk & Roll to School Day serves to raise awareness about active living opportunities for youth. You can help make routes to school safer for students and to help children be more active by hosting a Walk & Roll to School Day event in your own community! Learn more or register your local event at
Funding Opportunities
AARP is accepting applications for the Small Dollar Big Impact grant (up to $1000) through October 18, 2022.

America Walks has extended the deadline for their Community Change grants to October 10, 2022. Awards up to $1500 are available for community projects. Apply here.

People for Bikes is accepting grant applications through October 31, 2022. No LOI is required. Read more here.

The USDOT is accepting applications for the Reconnecting Communities Pilot Program through October 13, 2022. Learn more here.
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What Active Wisconsin provides to participating communities:
  • Resources (grant opportunities, tool kits, etc.)
  • Local and statewide advocacy opportunities
  • Collaboration and educational presentations during network-wide calls
  • A platform (social media and email newsletters) to share your work

Please reach out with questions or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!