Planning and the work of planners matters. This is the message spread throughout the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities. Walking is the simplest form of physical activity and planners influence the environment in which people walk. The Call to Action specifically mentions the role of planners in creating walkable communities. Serving as a great reminder to our work, the Call to Action states:
"The transportation, land use, and community design sector has a role in walking and walkability by managing federal, state, tribal, and local resources that support roadways, sidewalks, bikeways, public transit, community planning and zoning, and economic development...Nearly everyone is affected by the decisions and plans of this sector."