3rd Annual Jane's Walk Bigger than Ever

Join us to re-discover the Vancouver at your footsteps

VANCOUVER, April 29 /CNW/ - Think City is hosting Vancouver's third annual Jane's Walk on the weekend of May 1st and 2nd. Already over 1400 people have signed up for over 40 walks, increases of almost 50% over the 2009 Jane's Walks.

"We have experienced overwhelming enthusiasm from participants in years past and that is definitely reflected in this year's sign-ups. We have doubled the participation and for the first time are bringing Jane's Walks to Surrey and UBC and more neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver," said Think City Board member Kim Fleming, the chair of Jane's Walk Metro Vancouver.

Another new development this year is the introduction of three "Jane's Rides". These guided bicycle tours cover a larger area than the Jane's Walks and provide a two-wheeled perspective on our city. "People definitely want to get out and re-discover their neighbourhoods, and Think City is happy to facilitate these walking and bicycle tours throughout Metro Vancouver."

"Jane's Walk is about providing a fun and informative way for residents to engage with the many rich stories of the people, nature, history, and culture of our communities. Jane's Walk brings to life the stories that are literally at our footsteps," said Fleming.

Some notable walks to be held this year include:

    
      -  Vancouver historian Bruce Macdonald's "Kitsilano's Earliest History
         and Homes", a tour of century-old houses in Kitsilano.
      -  Tracey Mann's "Alphabet Walk in Mount Pleasant", a fun-filled
         learning adventure for families with children under 7.
      -  Steve Chitty's "Crescent Beach Circuit Tour" in South Surrey, which
         explores the waterfront promenade, Blackie Spit and the old oyster
         farm.
      -  Adam Cooper's "UBC Jane's Ride - Challenges and Achievements", a
         bicycle tour that looks at facilities for transit and cycling, as
         well as development proposals at UBC.
    

The goal of Jane's Walk is to raise urban literacy and build strong, connected communities by offering a pedestrian-focused event that combines insights into civic history, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing.

Visit www.thinkcity.ca/janeswalk2010 for event details.

SOURCE THINK CITY

For further information: For further information: Kim Fleming, (604) 908-6404

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