Today, we celebrate National Walking Day — a day that reminds us all that staying active is as simple as going for a walk.
It’s also a time to think about the features of the street that allow us to walk to and from the places we need to go safely.
Last year, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, MD, challenged planners to make walking a priority by designing sidewalks and streets and implementing policies like Complete Streets that make it safe and easy for people to walk. Now, planners have a new opportunity to gain the skills and knowledge they need to make their communities more walkable by applying to be a 2016 Walking College Fellow.
America Walks’ Walking College Fellowship is a 15-week online educational program for people interested in working across sectors and with elected officials to establish policies that make walking easier and safer. The deadline for applications is April 15.
APA has also been actively working to improve the built environment in conjunction with community health. Check out our Planning and Community Health Center for resources and programs that planners can use to promote walking and walkability in their local communities.
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Emily Pasi is APA's communication and outreach associate.
Image: Walking shoes by Flickr user Dakota (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0).