America Walks and the Every Body Walk! Collaborative are excited to announce the second round of Every Body Walk! Micro Grant awardees. The micro grant program provides funds that support grassroots efforts aimed at getting communities walking and creating more safe, accessible and enjoyable places to walk and be physically active. We received over 800 applications for projects that employ art, signage, social support, environmental design and other innovative means to encourage all people to walk more and engage in creating safe, accessible delightful walkable places. The response clearly demonstrates the desire, passion and possibilities for every community, regardless of shape and size, to create vital and vibrant communities.
With support from partners, including WalkBoston, American College of Sports Medicine and the TransitCenter, 22 projects will be supported in 2017. TransitCenter, a national foundation dedicated to improving urban public transit, partnered with America Walks to support six groups who are working creatively to increase pedestrian access to transit and build complete networks in their communities. TransitCenter’s research has shown that ridership depends on good walking environments, and planners need advocates to demonstrate the importance of these connections.