August 2019
Safe Systems for Safer Streets
High angle view of Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, NC
America Walks is deeply troubled by the sharp increase in pedestrian fatalities over the last decade. Last year, 6,227 pedestrians were killed. This was up from almost 6,000 in 2017 and the largest number since 1990. Seniors, people of color and low-income individuals are at greatest risk – over twice as likely to be killed.

In 2018, we partnered with t he University of North Carolina Highway Safety Research Center (UNC HSRC) to launch the Safer Systems program with support from the National Safety Council. Now it's time to visit with three of the participating communities to hear about their journey on the road to zero.
Create a Culture of Green Commutes with Safe Routes to School
Man with two school-aged children riding their bikes to school.
The demand for safe walking and rolling is higher than ever before. Our fellow lead organization for  #Walk4Change  month  Safe Routes Partnership has some great tips on how you can help combat climate change by walking more. Read on about the key steps you can take towards environmental sustainability .

And join America Walks and partners for our upcoming #Walk4Change Twitter chat on Thursday, September 19th to explore the connection between walking and climate change even further.
Quote by biomechanist, author, and science communicator Katy Bowman.
America Walks recently posed an opportunity for our audience, internal staff, and supporters to nominate women walking champions who they admire.

This month we featured biomechanist, author, science communicator an d Nutritious Movement founder Katy Bowman. Unpack all the deep, scientific yet visceral reasons why Katy says walking, moving and exploring must become a staple in our everyday lives. Read her story and advice here.
6 Principles for Creating Walkable Spaces
At America Walks, we are always looking out for innovative, inclusive, and proactive examples when it comes to creating walkable spaces at the individual, neighborhood, and city-wide level.

Read our recent guest blog for Meeting of the Minds where we dive into examples that can serve as scalable models for wherever and however you are working, living, walking, or talking to mobilize and inspire people-first design in your community.
Mark Those Calendars
  • September 11th: Want more detailed information on programs and strategies that communities are using to engage individuals to get moving? Sign up for our next free webinar, Active and Engaged: Community Outreach Strategies for Health.

  • September 12th: Join America Walks' free webinar, Moving Forward: Innovation in Active Transportation, where we'll explore innovative strategies to promote active commuting at the building scale and the role of building design in active transportation. 


Content We Loved This Month
A street activism sign by a citizen near a crosswalk that reads, "Don't run over anyone today"
America Walks Thanks Our Sponsors
America Walks thanks our sponsors for their generous support of this publication and all of the work being done by America Walks to promote the walkable movement. Thanks for helping to make America a great place to walk! 

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