iCANwalk Pledge – Walk & Bike More, Drive Less

I can do my part to create a cleaner environment by pledging to make the shift from travelling by car to active transportation like walking, biking, and in-line skating for short trips for 1 month.

Using active transportation:

  • Reduces green house gas emissions and improves air quality,
  • Doesn’t take a lot of extra time – 2km = 20-30 minutes walking or 8-10 minutes biking,
  • Reduces our dependency on oil,
  • Is good for my health and saves me money!

I pledge to use active transportation for 1 month!

The information that you provide in the pledge is being collected by us and may be shared our partners.

Pledge #1

to the following place that is close to my home.

(approximate – use an on-line mapping tool to help you)

Please note: If you are under 18, please have a parent or guardian complete the pledge for you. Only adults should provide their email address. Click here to view our Privacy Policy.

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Online Checklist

Step 1: Write about your walk
Select a Province:*
Region:*
Specify region if outside of Ontario:
City/Town:*
Street address:*
Postal code:*
Where did you walk?:*
When was your walk?:*
  
What time of day was your walk?:
What were the conditions during your walk?:
Step 2: Think about your walk
How easy was your walk?:
If the sidewalks need to be fixed, please explain what is wrong, and where to find the problem
If you did not check any of these boxes please explain why.
What people and places did you see?:
If you did not check any of these boxes please explain why.
Was your walk enjoyable?:
If you did not check any of these boxes please explain why.
How safe did you feel?:
If you did not check any of these boxes please explain why.
Do you have any other ideas about what could make your community more walkable? Please share them here:
Step 3: Optional information
Please tell us how you heard about this checklist. (Please check all that apply):
If other, please explain:
Email:

The information that you have provided may be used by iCANwalk partners such as Health Units, Heart Health projects, Municipal Recreation Departments, Non-Governmental Organizations and community groups to let local officials know how they can support walking in your community.

Step 4: Submit through our Contact Page to find out how your walk scored on the checklist.

Community Stories

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 webmaster@icanwalk.ca.  

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.

Why Take the Pledge?

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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.