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EPA Aging Initiative Listserve: America Walks Campaign to Make America a Great Place to Walk
February 11, 2011, 10:28 am
Filed under: News

America Walks is advancing “walkability,” a vision that streets and neighborhoods are safe and attractive public places that encourage people of all ages, abilities, ethnicities, and incomes to walk for transportation, exercise, and recreation. Working with a national network of organizations interested in increasing walking and bicycling through changing the physical environment and developing programs and educational tools, they developed their 2011-2013 Strategic Plan, A Campaign Plan to Make America a Great Place to Walk,  to address:
* Promoting active, affordable and healthy daily lifestyles;
* Increasing job equity and food access; and
* Bringing safe pedestrian infrastructure to the forefront of transportation appropriations.

As a result of working with America Walks’ health, equity, and business partners, such as AARP, American Heart Association, America Public Transportation Association, and Safe Routes to School National Partnership, a key focus area of the plan and its measurable outcomes is transit access for aging adults, people with disabilities and launching community-based speed reduction campaigns.

The strategic plan specifically includes a goal to provide people with access to transit to jobs, and for aging adults, people with disabilities and low income persons.  The plan recognizes these groups have limited access to privately owned vehicles to reach their destinations.  In addition, it includes a measureable goal:
“By 2013 complete a study of the best practices of data collection techniques and efforts to improve transit and pedestrian connectivity and service levels. Include a focus on job access and aging in place.” 

For more information see or contact Scott Bricker, Director, at


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