Announcing our new name: Walk Toronto

At a meeting at Metro Hall on the evening of Feb. 13, over 80 participants gathered in order to launch our new group devoted to pedestrian advocacy in Toronto.  At the end of the meeting, attendees took part in a vote in order to determine the official name of the organization, and the winning choice was “Walk Toronto”. For the time being our web presence will continue at pedto.wordpress.com , but soon the group’s new web address will be: http://www.walktoronto.ca .

The meeting began with the organizers outlining the need for a group to advocate walking in Toronto. As part of the visioning process, participants  discussed walking issues which they considered most important. These will be used as the basis for shaping the direction that Walk Toronto’s advocacy will take.  The meeting concluded with the formation of a circle of active volunteers who will perform various roles on an ongoing basis.

We thank all those who came, and helped make the launch of Walk Toronto a great success.

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Meeting in full swing, with Dylan Reid speaking, on the left (Photo: Yvonne Bambrick)

Attend the founding meeting of Toronto’s pedestrian advocacy group on Feb. 13

Do you feel that Toronto’s pedestrians need a voice? Could the city benefit from  a citizens’ advocacy group dedicated to pedestrian issues? If you are interested, come to our founding meeting to help make it happen – and choose a name for the new group. Rather than focusing just on policy, our group will be  action-oriented. It will continue the legacy of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee, but be completely independent of City Hall.

TIME  &  PLACE
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Metro Hall, 55 John Street (south-east corner of King and John)
Room 308/309

Nearest subway station: St. Andrew’s (direct PATH connection to Metro Hall)

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Metro Hall is fully accessible

AGENDA

  • Why a citizens’ advocacy group for pedestrian issues is needed
  • Small-group discussions on key issues and goals
  • Suggest the kinds of events and group walks you would like to see happen
  • Vote on a name!

Participants interested in devoting some time in order to take on a role in the new organization will be invited to stay briefly afterwards. Take part in making Toronto a more walkable city.

“FEELING CONGESTED?”  MEETING
On the same day – Feb. 13 –  a City of Toronto community consultation event on transportation planning, priorities and funding is being held at City Hall. The afternoon session will start at 4:30 p.m. and end at 6:30. Unfortunately, this was announced after we had booked our room at Metro Hall. If you are interested in attending both events, you can check out the City Hall event first before heading over to Metro Hall for the 7:00 p.m. pedestrian meeting. The two venues are separated by about 1 km. (This is walkable in 10 to 15 minutes.)

MORE INFORMATION

Keep up with postings on our website:
https://pedto.wordpress.com/

To view the location of Metro Hall on a map:
http://goo.gl/maps/Kj1VL

You can also sign up for the Walking Toronto Facebook group:
www.facebook.com/groups/walkingtoronto

Follow @WalkTO on Twitter

RSVP

If you plan to come, or if you cannot attend but want to be involved, please RSVP by filling out he following form. Don’t forget to click the Submit button.

Toronto to get a new pedestrian advocacy group

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, there are no longer any groups advocating on behalf of pedestrians. This gap in the sustainable transportation ranks is soon to be filled.

A circle of walking advocates and active transportation enthusiasts is in the process of launching a Toronto-based pedestrian advocacy group. The founding meeting will be held at Metro Hall, on Feb. 13, 2013. Avid walkers are encouraged to attend an event that will result in Toronto’s Complete Streets movement 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.

The temporary, working title of this website, “pedTO”, will change after the official name of the pedestrian group has been chosen after the founding meeting.

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