Mission: to facilitate improved walkability and increased regular physical activity in Western New York!

REACH is ‘Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health’ – along the Ferry Street Corridor in five zip codes, our team is promoting walking, improved walkability, and better community health. Join or create walking clubs, build capacity, and learn about different health topics.

Councilmember David Rivera on REACH Ferry Street:

“Come explore the historical Ferry Street Corridor – celebrate the path to freedom from slavery along Ferry Street, ending on the West Side by the beautiful Broderick Park!”

Join our WNY WALKS! Community Advocacy Team (CAT)!

Make a difference in your community TODAY! Meet some of our amazing members:

Jim Jones

Retired Town of Tonawanda civil engineer of 30 years, Jim is passionate about how our built environment affects pedestrian and community safety, efficiency, and sustainability. Some project highlights include the development and construction of the Tonawanda Rail Trail, a multi-use trail at Lincoln Park, and the initiation of bringing eco-friendly alternatives to the Town of Tonawanda!

Dean Seneca MPH, MCURP

CEO of SenecaSolutions+, a Public Health and Urban and Regional Planning LLC, Dean is an innovative and inspiring community stakeholder! Mr. Seneca is considered a subject matter expert in America Indian/Alaska Native Health disparities.  He has served as a Senior Health Scientist in the Partnership Support Unit within the Office for State, Tribal, Local & Territorial Support at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

John Craik

Executive Director of Population Health Collaborative, John has been spearheading work in the Non-Profit sector for years, and his work has been felt around WNY! John supports community wellness in many ways, and some of his biggest values include comprehensiveness, inclusivity, and collaboration to ensure that our WNY resources are maximizing their potential to improve our region’s health and quality of life!

Grand Island Sunset Striders Walking Club! Want to learn about walking clubs during quarantine? Contact us!

Get out there!

Check out Western New York’s resources and opportunities to get outside, stay physically active, and healthy:

Buffalo Olmstead Parks System

Buffalo Olmstead Parks offer resources on walking, walkability, parks, programming, events, and more! Check out their website to learn about our wonderful parks infrastrusture.

Buffalo City Parks

Mission: to provide a safe, sustainable and fun experience for the children and residents of Buffalo while preserving natural assets and maintaining the urban forest.

  Visit their site to learn more

Niagara River Greenway

This WNY WALKS! Partner is collaborating with Rotary International to promote walking, walkability, regular physical activity, and wellness in our region. Learn more about their initiatives and activities.

Erie County Parks

Find a park near you! Learn about activities, suggestions, and efforts in our Erie County to promote park use, park land designation, and maintenance of our beautiful parks.

WNY WALKS! Annual Walkability Summit

2019 Summit Results

FOUR exciting new initiatives!

– Formation of Grand Island’s Sunset Striders Walking Club

WNY WALKS! speaking presentation at the AARP NYS Livability Summit

WNY WALKS! partnership with District 7090 Rotary Clubs & Buffalo Niagara Greenway Commission to promote walking/biking/rolling

WNY WALKS! Community Advocacy Team (CAT) and Publication of WNY WALKS! Strategic Plan & Sponsorship opportunities

Thank you to our amazing keynote speakers & ongoing partners:

Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities

Dr. Ian Thomas, State & Local Program Director of America Walks

WNY WALKS! Walking to Wellness Campaign!

2020 Safe Step Goal: 250 MILLION+ safe steps in Western New York!

Submit YOUR steps!

Get the ‘Steps’ or ‘Google Fit’ Apps on your device or check out the Health App on iPhones – your devices are tracking your steps already…see how physically active you already are!

Walking to Wellness Campaign named a New York State Department of Health Community Best Practice in 2016!

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