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Walking Organizations
and Advocacy

Pittsburgh Region

  • Active Allegheny
    Active Allegheny is Allegheny County's first comprehensive active transportation plan that integrates walking, biking and other active, healthy travel modes into the existing transportation system.
  • Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Pedestrian & Bicycle Committee
    Encouraging safe, efficient travel for pedestrians and cyclists is an important part of SPC's role as a regional transportation agency. Their website offers a form for reporting safety hazards for pedestrians and bike riders on the roads of the ten-county Southwestern Pennsylvania region.
  • Urban Hike Pittsburgh
    Urban Hike is an informal, monthly-or-so walking tour of the Pittsburgh area. They learn a little history, take in some strange and beautiful sights, get some exercise, and wrap it all up with some delectable local cuisine.
  • Walk-Challenge
    Every season, the Oakland Transportation Management Association and the Airport Corridor Transportation Association sponsor a walk challenge to get Pittsburghers walking.
 

Web Sites

  • Active Living by Design
    Active Living by Design, a program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, contains news and reports about creating active communities and encouraging alternative modes of transportation such as walking.
  • America on the Move
    America on the Move is an initiative to get Americans to be more active and walk an extra 2000 steps a day. After registering you can keep track of your steps with an online log.
  • America Walks
    America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities.
  • American Podiatric Medical Society
    Offers foot health information for the public, including a section called "Walking and Your Feet".
  • American Volkssport Association
    The AVA's network of 350 walking clubs organize more than 3000 walking events per year in all 50 states. A volksmarch is a non-competitive 6 mile (10 kilometer) walk.
  • Complete Streets
    The National Complete Streets Coalition advocates for "complete streets" with broad sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and landscaping as opposed to speeding cars and traffic jams. Streets that are made for people of all ages.
  • European Ramblers Association
    Founded in 1969, the European Ramblers Association is a federation, currently based in Germany, of 49 walking organisations from 26 European countries, plus 1 guest member from Israel. In addition there is a youth organisation, the European Young Ramblers Association.
  • Everybody Walk!
    This online educational campaign aimed at getting Americans up and walking 30 minutes/day, 5 days a week, offers an Everybody Walk mobile app for iPhone and Android.
  • Long Distance Walkers Association
    The LDWA is an British organization of people with the common interest of walking long distances in rural, mountainous or moorland areas. Each year they hold the annual Hundred: walking a hundred miles, non-stop, within 48 hours.
  • National Center for Bicycling and Walking
    Since 1977, the National Center for Bicycling and Walking (founded as the Bicycle Federation of America) has been working for more bicycle-friendly and walkable communities.
  • PBS: America's Walking
    In this Connecticut Public Broadcasting lifestyle and travel television series, host Mark Fenton highlights great walking destinations across the country, provides advice on food and nutrition, presents tips on the best fitness apparel, and features the inspirational stories of individuals who have seen their lives transformed by simply walking.
  • The Ramblers Association
    This United Kingdom walking organization offers an index to paths and walking routes in the United Kingdom.
  • Safe Routes to School National Partnership
    The Safe Routes to School National Partnership is a network of more than 400 organizations working together to advance the Safe Routes to School (SRTS), promoting the practice of safe bicycling and walking to and from schools throughout the United States.
  • Transportation for America
    Advocating for a more pedestrian friendly transportation infrastructure.
  • Walk/Bike to School
    International I Walk to School Month is in October.
  • Walkable America
    The Partnership for a Walkable America (PWA) is a national coalition working to improve the conditions for walking in America and to increase the number of Americans who walk regularly.
  • Walkable and Livable Communities Institute
    The Institute’s vision is to create healthy, connected communities that support active living and that advance opportunities for all people through walkable streets, livable cities and better built environments.
  • Walking Info
    A website for pedestrian research and advocacy designed to create a walkable society from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC).