WALK ABOUT MAGAZINE
This bimonthly magazine covers general walking information as well as personal stories, specialized advice, and seasonal topics. Walk About can be picked up for free at numerous locations throughout Washington and Oregon; it can also be mail-delivered for $14.95 per year by sending a check or money order to Walk About magazine, 4823 NE 21st Ave., Portland OR 97211.
This quarterly magazine has a greater emphasis on walking as a sport and on competitive walking, but also covers walking for fitness. Subscriptions can be ordered online or by sending a check ($11.99 for a year, $22.98 for two years, or $5 for a single issue) to WALK! Magazine, P.O. Box 20633, Columbus OH 43220. You can also sign up for the magazine’s free quarterly e-mail newsletter on the Web site.
AMERICAN VOLKSSPORT ASSOCIATION
(800) 830-WALK (9255) (for recorded event information)
The American Volkssport Association is a nationwide network of over 300 local recreation clubs, which hold walking events (and occasional biking, skiing, and swimming events) that are open to the public. Visitors to the Web site can learn about the organization, find a local club and its events, and learn how to start a club if there is not one close by.
Tools and tidbits
MapMyWalk allows visitors to calculate the distance of a walking route by tracing it on a map; it works for any location in the world covered by Google maps.
On this Web site, you can find out how conducive a neighborhood is to walking by typing in an address. Based on the proximity of grocery stores, parks, schools, restaurants, libraries, and more, the site generates a score of 0–100 for the location. The neighborhood’s attractions are also listed by category (schools, coffee shops, etc.) with their distance from the originating address; they are shown on a map of the neighborhood, as well.
SAFE WALKING FOR KIDS
This Web page, from the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee, goes over the basics of safely crossing streets and following signs and traffic signals.
AARP: CHOOSING A WALKING SHOE
This Web page features 10 tips for selecting the right pair of walking shoes.
America Walks provides support to local groups that advocate making their communities more walkable. It also aims to educate the public about the benefits of walking and of walkable communities. The Web site provides the contact information for local groups and outlines steps that can be taken to start a “walkable community” movement.
This is the walking Web site of the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, a national clearinghouse for information about all aspects of walking and biking. There are sections on the benefits of walking, walking safety facts, and ways to improve access to walking and pedestrian safety. One prominent feature is a “walkability checklist” that can be used to determine how conducive your neighborhood is to walking, and how to improve any problems that you find. You can also use the site to search for and contact your local or state pedestrian/bicycle transportation coordinator.