Join us on the City of Toronto’s first “on the move” consultation walk

Walk Toronto is pleased to be co-host (with Jane’s Walk) of the City of Toronto’s first ever “on the move” public consultation — a chance to walk and talk with City staff to give them feedback on how to improve the walking experience in Toronto.

The walk takes place on Sunday, June 23 from 12:00-2:00 pm, starting at the North-West corner of Islington and Bloor. It will be led by Tim Laspa, Director of Transportation Planning at the City of Toronto. He will lead the discussion at major stops, where participants will have a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts about transportation planning. Several members of the Walk Toronto steering committee will be there to engage in informal talks with small groups of walkers as we move along the route and notice pedestrian issues.

The event is part of the City of Toronto’s “Feeling Congested?” consultations on developing a new transportation strategy. There will be simultaneous bike and transit “on the move” consultations.

The walk starts at the northwest corner of Islington Avenue and Bloor Street West, near the TTC entrance, and then moves through (or around) a pedestrian portal, through the community arts-influenced Mabelle Park, and then to Dundas Street West. It proceeds along Dundas St. W past newly built Michael Power Park, works its way through the Six Points Intersection (aka the Spaghetti Intersection) and ends at Kipling Subway Station.

Please join us for this opportunity to tell City staff directly how walking can get better in Toronto. Space is limited, so be sure to register for the walk if you plan to participate.

The details:

Title: Feeling Congested? A walk’n’talk about transportation in Toronto
Date:  Sunday, June 23, 2013
Time: 12:00 – 2:00 pm
Meeting place:  NW Corner of Islington and Bloor
Led by: Tim Laspa, Director of Transportation Planning, City of Toronto and Walk Toronto (TBC)
Registration: https://feelingcongestedwalking-eac2.eventbrite.ca/

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Be a part of the Walk and Roll Caravan on May 11

Walk Toronto  had a great turnout at our founding meeting, and we hope to see most of you again at our second  major event on Saturday, May 11. If you weren’t able to attend the meeting in February, all the more reason to put on your walking shoes now that spring has arrived.

The WALK AND ROLL CARAVAN is a group walk that starts at St. James Park at noon. We’ve also scheduled a “warm-up” event before, and an enormous rally afterwards. We’ll be marching for safer and more walkable streets along an interesting route that ends at Queen’s Park. Because there are lots more details, we’ve packed them all into a special website:

http://thewalknrollcaravan.com

Our itinerary has been carefully planned to include streetscape elements that we either applaud or condemn. Visit the Caravan website, and be sure to print out a handlist, which you can refer to during the march. You’ll see the downtown with new eyes!

 

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Walk and Roll Caravan (Mother’s Day Weekend)

Members of Walk Toronto and everyone interested in pedestrianism are invited to participate in the Walk and Roll Caravan, which begins at noon,  Saturday, May 11, 2013. This is Walk Toronto’s second major event (the first being our founding meeting.) Our contingent of walkers will march from St. James Park northwards, ending up at Queen’s Park where we will converge with cyclists coming from other directions. The event concludes in front of the Ontario Legislature with Cycle and Sole , a rally promoting active transportation and safe streets for all users.

We have planned a 3.5 km. long route that takes us by a huge variety of buildings and street features that are of pedestrian interest. We want you not only to have fun, but to see local examples of things that everyone is talking about. What’s a Complete Street? What’s a Privately Owned Public Space? Join us and you’ll be able to walk through the real thing in downtown Toronto!

Because the Walk and Roll Caravan event is being held on Mother’s Day weekend, we encourage walkers to bring their moms – as well as lots of flowers!  Also, be sure to wear comfortable shoes, bring water and maybe a snack too.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Visit the Walk and Roll Caravan website , and check out the printable route map on Google Maps.
Also, print out our two-page itinerary, which covers sights that our walk will be passing by. (Be sure to take a copy with you on the march, so that you can refer to it as you walk.) For more in-depth coverage see the full commentary.
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St. James Park is located in the east part of the downtown at King and Jarvis Streets. Please note that on Saturday May 11, there will be no service on the Yonge subway line between the Bloor-Yonge Station and Union station. Although you can use the shuttle bus service, we recommend that marchers relying on public transit to get to St. James Park take the University subway line to the St. Andrew station, and then transfer to the eastbound King streetcar. You should get off at the Jarvis St. stop, which is half a block south of the Walk and Roll Caravan assembly area.
On the way home, it is easiest to use the Queen’s Park subway station, located at College St., just south of the Legislature’s south lawn where the Cycle and Sole rally will be held.

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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