Walking Advocacy 101- Part 1 (2:15pm-3:45pm)

Thursday, September 14

Walking Advocacy 101 is a two-part mini-course designed for community-level advocates and professionals who are new to the walking movement. We recommend participants plan to attend both sessions, which will include a walkability audit during the mid-afternoon break.

Based on America Walks’ successful Walking College distance-learning program, the curriculum has been designed to nurture the development of the “hard” and “soft” skills that are necessary to become effective change agents. The two 90-minute sessions will include TED-Talk style presentations, facilitated small-group discussion, and a comprehensive toolkit of resources.

During Walking Advocacy 101-Part 1, participants will learn about the cross-cutting co-benefits of walking and walkable communities and how to research and analyze data to support campaigns. They will also receive training in “soft” skills such as effective communication, building trust, practicing inclusion and equity, leadership development, fostering a local advocacy movement, putting on successful events and programs, and engaging with elected officials.

Click here to learn about Walking Advocacy 101-Part 2. If you want a high-level view of the walking advocacy landscape, so you can then focus on more specific knowledge and skills development, Walking Advocacy 101 is for you. It is recommended that participants plan to attend both sessions.

Room: Governors 1


  • Mukul Malhotra, Board member, America Walks; Principal and Director of Urban Design, MIG Inc., Berkeley, CA
  • Molly O’Reilly, Board member, America Walks; President, Idaho Pedestrian and Bicycle, Sandpoint, ID
  • Jonathon Stalls, Founder, Walk2Connect, Denver, CO
  • Ian Thomas, State and Local Program Director, America Walks; City Councilmember, Columbia, MO

Download a Copy of the Toolkit Here