2013 Community Profiles, Webinars & More!

WALK Friendly Ontario 2013 Designations - Community Profiles

Interested in learning more about the five communities that received WALK Friendly designations for 2013? Profiles of each municipality - Hamilton, London, Ottawa, Richmond Hill, and Wasaga Beach - are now online on the WFO website, you can read all about them here.

These communities establish a strong commitment to walkability through plans and policies that are demonstrated in the built environment. WALK Friendly Community award recipients can be seen as models for others looking to encourage and promote walking locally.

Join us for a webinar showcasing Pedestrian Plans
Thursday, June 26th, from 1:00-2:30 pm EDT

Join Canada Walks for an informative presentation from three WALK Friendly Community award recipients about their Pedestrian Plans.

Steve Molloy Project Manager, Transportation Master Plan Implementation, City of Hamilton (Silver)

Gill Wilson Project Manager, Sustainable Transportation, City of Ottawa (Silver)

Doug Herron Senior Planner, Town of Wasaga Beach (Bronze)

Presentations will focus on:
  • The scope of the plan, including how residents and community partners were engaged in the planning process;
  • Targets in the plan for increased mode share, safety goals, and accommodating vulnerable populations;
  • Performance indicators to monitor the success of the plan; and
  • Conditions in place to ensure implementation.

OPPI members undertaking Continuous Professional Learning may claim learning units according to the CPL Program Guide.

Click here to register.

For more information, please contact Tanya Stuart.
Being WALK Friendly in Small Town Ontario webinar recording
Thanks to everyone who joined us for the Being WALK Friendly in Small Town Ontario webinar. We hope you found it informative! If you happened to miss it, or wanted to review any of the information that was presented, you can check out the recording of the webinar here: View the Blackboard Collaborate recording

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WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program to encourage Municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk. Visit www.walkfriendly.ca for more information.

Canada Walks is grateful to the Government of Ontario and the Metcalf Foundation for their financial support of the provincial roll-out of the WALK Friendly Ontario designation program.

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