We’ve been hearing a lot about “Complete Streets” lately. Increasingly, people are calling for our roads to be made safe for ALL users. In Toronto, advocacy organizations have been formed by transit users. They also exist for cyclists. There is even an organization that promotes electric vehicles. Unfortunately, for several years there were no groups advocating exclusively on behalf of pedestrians.
This gap in the sustainable transportation ranks has now been filled. A circle of walking advocates and active transportation enthusiasts launched a Toronto-based pedestrian advocacy group at a meeting at Metro Hall on Feb. 13, 2013. Participants chose the name “Walk Toronto” for the group, and suggested directions in which Walk Toronto’s advocacy could be effectively pursued. Toronto’s Complete Streets movement is finally becoming ‘complete’.
We will not compete with existing organizations whose scope is limited to policy. Instead, our feet will be planted firmly on the ground, and we will advocate to improve walking conditions and safety with various levels of government, as well as with private property owners. In many ways, we will be continuing the work of the now dormant Toronto Pedestrian Committee, as well as Feet on the Street.