LONDON, ON, Sept. 17, 2012 /CNW/ - Canada Walks is pleased to announce
the five communities that will participate in our WALK Friendly Ontario
pilot this fall: City of Kingston, Town of Fort Erie, City of Thunder
Bay, Municipality of South Huron (Exeter) and City of London. These
five communities represent all four regions of the province, range in
population from 4,500 to 365,000 and are at varying stages of their
work to create and improve walkability. A sixth community may be
confirmed at a later date.
"South Huron is very excited to be participating in the pilot because it
will energize our Share Main Street campaign. Being walk friendly means that the very best way to
experience our community is on your feet" says Mark Cassidy,
Coordinator of the Main Streets Exeter project.
WALK Friendly Ontario is a recognition program designed to encourage
municipalities to create and improve spaces and places to walk (www.walkfriendly.ca). The assessment tool that communities will pilot test will measure
walkability in the areas of policy and planning, engineering and
community design, education and encouragement, and enforcement and
evaluation. Jay Stanford, Director of Environmental Programs & Solid
Waste for the City of London says that "we are pleased to be
participating in the WALK Friendly Ontario pilot to help shape how we
measure walkability in Ontario communities".
All five communities will assist Canada Walks in evaluating the tool by
applying the assessment to their communities and using the support
materials. This will be invaluable in ensuring a smooth roll out of the
program across the province in 2013. For their efforts communities will
receive a package of promotional items, feedback on their assessment
from a panel of expert reviewers and media attention for the work that
they are doing to become more walk friendly. "As a pilot city, Kingston
hopes to set an example for other Ontario communities in becoming more
walkable" says Stephanie Sciberras, Physical Activity Specialist with
KFL&A Public Health.
Kate Hall, Project Manager of WALK Friendly Ontario is looking forward
to working with such a diverse group of cities and towns. "We have so
much to learn through this pilot and we're open to receiving feedback
from everyone that will help to make the program a huge success."
WALK Friendly Ontario is a project of Canada Walks, a division of Green
SOURCE: Green Communities Canada
For further information:
For more information please contact Kate Hall at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 705-489-2110.