Virginia Walkability Action Institute

The Virginia Walkability Action Institute (VWAI) works with local and regional teams to create policy, system, and environmental (PSE) changes in local communities. The goal is to increase access to physical activity, with a focus on walking and walkability. Members receive training and technical assistance, both in-person and virtually. Teams develop a detailed action plan to pursue a policy or system change to improve walking, biking, taking public transit and using micro-mobility devices (e.g. e-scooters) in their communities.

Virginia Department of Health (VDH), in collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant (PHHS).

The VWAI is facilitated by a cadre of national and statewide faculty and supports the Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Walking and Walkability and Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, 2nd Edition. The VWAI also supports Virginia’s collective efforts to create neighborhoods and environments that promote health and safety through walking and bicycling (Healthy People 2030). Participating individuals and teams are engaged through multiple methods (e.g., didactic, experiential, discussions, etc.) within a structured and practical learning atmosphere. The VWAI consists of in-person and distance learning modules, on-going technical assistance, and special project funding.

VWAI Alumni Special Projects

As part of the Virginia Walkability Action Institute, teams and individual members plan and complete a special project aimed at improving access to walking, cycling, public transit, and micro-mobility devices in their community. Below are a few project examples from past cohorts.

2023 VWAI Road Safety Assessments

In partnership with the Virginia Department of Transportation, teams and individual members of VWAI conducted a Road Safety Assessment (RSA) along a selected corridor in their community with the assistance of VDOT. Below are a few examples from our most recent cohort.

2024 Public Workshops

In addition to the core curriculum offered exclusively for VWAI cohort members, the VWAI also offers a free monthly workshop series that is open to all residents and practitioners in Virginia. The 2024 Workshop Series recordings are available to watch below!

Upcoming Workshops

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