Ziya paints a rainbow on the window of her Portland, OR home for walkers-by to enjoy. Photo credit: Sabina Urdes.
Walking, Moving and Connection in a Time of Social Distance
At America Walks we know that it’s been a trying time out there for all of you. We are grateful to still have one of the most important things available to us as a tool for navigating our physical, emotional, and communal health in the face of our current situation - walking and moving (at safe social distances of at least 6 feet).
Walking and safe places to walk - we need them now more than ever. As parks close, using our sidewalks is one of the few ways we can continue to be active and manage stress. We are delighted by the stories that we are reading about how families and communities are connecting during this time of social distancing through walking and moving, finding creative and safe ways to take back their streets.
The support continues for the walking movement across the country, from the Rainbow Walksthat have popped up in various neighborhoods, to GirlTrek’s Solo Trek challenge, to the collective realization that walking and other forms of active transportation may be one of the safest and healthiest modes of travel for yet another reason.
At the same time, we recognize that barriers to walking and moving are highlighted in these challenging moments. Too many communities lack access to safe and inclusive conditions that prioritize people who walk. We are still working tirelessly to support the work that changes this.
On the blog, read more on why we think social distance walks are an essential activity right now and borrow from our list of ideas and resources for how to navigate self care through walking:
We are accepting story and media submissions to possibly feature your experience - how is walking and moving helping you and your community rise in this challenging time? Are you seeing streets being repurposed? How are walkability challenges limiting access for you and your community?
There are several ways you can tell us your story for a chance to be featured on our social media, in a newsletter or on our website:
Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org your idea/media for a featured quote, blog, photos, videos, etc.
Tag @americawalks on Facebook and Twitter with your story
Hashtag #socialdistancewalks to connect and share our experiences in real time