Walking and Walkable Communities
Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities recognizes the importance of physical activity for people of all ages and abilities. It calls on Americans to be more physically active through walking and calls on the nation to better support walking and walkability. Improving walkability means that communities are created or enhanced to make it safe and easy to walk and that pedestrian activity is encouraged for all people. The purpose of the Call to Action is to increase walking across the United States by calling for improved access to safe and convenient places to walk and wheelchair roll and by creating a culture that supports these activities for people of all ages and abilities.
The Call to Action includes five strategic goals to promote walking and walkable communities in the United States:
- Make walking a national priority;
- Design communities that make it safe and easy to walk for people of all ages and abilities;
- Promote programs and policies to support walking where people live, learn, work, and play;
- Provide information to encourage walking and improve walkability; and
- Fill surveillance, research, and evaluation gaps related to walking and walkability.
Action by multiple sectors of society, as well as by families and individuals, will be needed to achieve these goals.
To learn more about walking and walkable communities and the Call to Action, visit the resources below.
- Step it Up! website: Surgeon General’s Call to Action for Walking and Walkable Communities website.
- CDC Why walk? Why not! website: Visit the CDC website to find out more about walking
- Everybody Walk website: The Every Body Walk! Collaborative is a partnership of national, state and local organizations, federal agencies, businesses, and professional associations that are committed to developing and implementing collective approaches that can return walking to a valued, cultural norm for all Americans.
- America Walks website: America Walks offers resources for increasing walking and expanding walkable communities.