To send us a community story, fill in the fields on our Contact Us page. We would also like to hear from individuals about there experiences making the shift to walking and cycling instead of driving. You can either reach us through our Contact page or send a testimonial to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to our prize winners from the Pelham Active Transportation Committee (PATC), and Planners from Grey and Bruce Counties along with their colleagues from Grey Bruce Public Health. They were sent StepsCount pedometer kits along with Canada Walks backpacks and umbrellas for sharing their stories about creating walk friendly communities.
Here are a few of our community stories.
Norfolk County: A Rural Walkability Story
walkON workshops spark the creation of a new community group, Norfolk Pathways for People, dedicated to improving the conditions of walking and cycling for health, recreation and transportation in Norfolk County.
Engaging Citizens of Pelham in Active Transportation Planning
The Pelham Active Transportation Committee (PATC) was looking for ways to engage citizens in identifying AT issues and input into our plans for 2010-11.
Addressing Infrastructure Changes
Feedback from Fonthill residents was used by PATC to change the Town’s decision regarding the location of a crosswalk in the redesigned downtown area.
Engaging Youth in World Town Planning Day Event
Grey and Bruce County planners partnered with the Grey Bruce Health Unit to raise awareness in youth about the impact of the built environment on health.
You can make a difference by making a personal pledge to walk or bike more and drive less.
According to the Canadian Vehicle Survey:
· The average car emits 4 tonnes of CO2 in a year,
· Transportation contributes to about 30 per cent of total greenhouse gas emissions, and
· Driving just 10 per cent less will save about 400 kilograms in CO2 emissions over a year.
If every Canadian left their car at home just one day a week, we would save about 3.8 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year – the equivalent of taking about 800,000 cars off the road.
The iCANwalk pledge asks you to identify locations in your community that you could easily and safely walk or bike to, then pledge to use active transportation to get to them instead of driving.
Take the pledge today.