Toronto’s Walking Strategy

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Steps Towards a Walkable City‘ is the document which served as a framework for the initial discussion when Toronto embarked on it’s goal

In 1998 Toronto established the TPC (Pedestrian Committee).

On 2002/05/21, Toronto City Council unanimously adopted it’s Pedestrian Charter.

In 2007, the city hosted the 8th annual Walk21 conference
from Oct. 1-4.

Instead of resting on these laurels, Toronto continues to look for new ways to increase the city’s walkability.
On 2007/04/25 the 1st in a series of monthly “Walk21 workshops” on creating Toronto’s Walking Strategy took place.

Pedestrian Charter’s
Six Principles

Accessibility:
Walking is a free and direct means of accessing local goods, services, community amenities and public transit.

Equity:
Walking is the only mode of travel that is universally affordable, and allows children and youth, and people with specific medical conditions to travel independently.

Health and Well-being:
Walking is a proven method of promoting personal health and well-being.

Environmental Sustainability:
Walking relies on human power and has negligible environmental impact.

Personal and Community Safety:
An environment in which people feel safe and comfortable walking increases community safety for all.

Community Cohesion and Vitality:
A pedestrian-friendly environment encourages and facilitates social interaction and local economic vitality.

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One Response to “Toronto’s Walking Strategy”

  1. callumscott2 Says:

    From my experience in Montreal, Canadian cities need to definitely become more pedestrian friendly. I was at a Starbucks on one side of 6-laned road and wanted to go across to the strip mall on the other side. There was no crossing, not even at the lights. It frustrates me so much when you feel like the city is not designed for you and where citizens have no choice but to use a car. I say we should all cycle!

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