Sam Schwartz Engineering and America Walks Release “Steps to a Walkable Community”

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A new book and workshop series puts innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers.


A new book and workshop series puts innovative, multidisciplinary pro-walking tactics in the hands of citizens, planners, and engineers

Sam Schwartz Engineering, the transportation engineering consulting firm, and America Walks, the national pedestrian advocacy organization, are proud to announce the launch of Steps to a Walkable Community: A Guide for Citizens, Planners, and Engineers. This book and downloadable PDF features innovative tactics that have successfully improved and encouraged walking in communities around the country. Creating a pedestrian-friendly community often means tackling the challenges to walking from several different angles at the same time. To address that reality, Steps to a Walkable Community features tactics in multiple disciplines, including advocacy, land use, policy, design and engineering, encouragement, and enforcement. 

I now see the future of cities lies in their previously dominant transport mode”walking, says Sam Schwartz, president and CEO of Sam Schwartz Engineering. Steps to a Walkable Community will help engineers, planners, and citizens support this grand movement.

This resource serves as the basis for a series of webinars, trainings, and walking campaign walkshopsâ„¢ also launching this month. Steps to a Walkable Community is available for wide distribution: Download a free PDF from; order a $40 hardcopy by emailing; and visit, a new website launching in October, where the tactics within Steps to a Walkable Community will be integrated with other emerging ideas.

For more information about this book and workshop, contact Laura MacNeil of Sam Schwartz Engineering by calling 212.598.9010 x134 or emailing, or contact Scott Bricker of America Walks by calling 503.757.8342 or emailing

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