As part of the “Levelling the Playing Fields” initiative, the Montreal Urban Ecology Center (MUEC), Professor Katherine Frohlich from the Université de Montréal’s School of Public Health (ESPUM) and Centre de Recherche en Santé Publique (CReSP), along with partners from Kingston Gets Active, the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation and Professor Patricia Collins from Queen’s University, we are launching two publications regarding innovative models of street transformation : School Streets and Play Streets. These models promote free play and independent mobility for children by offering inexpensive urban planning interventions making living environments more favorable for health.
Now more than ever, Canadian municipalities must take action to create healthy and resilient communities. With this in mind, the Active Neighbourhoods Canada network is proud to unveil our new platform, which reports on the impact we’ve had over the last decade in 24 Canadian neighbourhoods, using participatory planning. IMPACT.ParticipatoryPlanning.ca shares outcomes and resources that speak to the capacity of communities to transform their environment.
The design of our communities affects how much we walk, the food we choose, how much time we spend outdoors. But what do we know about the the built environment and health outcomes in Canada? New research by Dr. Gavin McCormack at the University of Calgary set out to discover what we know, where there are gaps in our knowledge, and why it might be important to fill them.
The Active Neighbourhoods Canada network (ANC) launches “Let’s have a conversation about Healthy Places” a non-partisan movement to talk about equitable access to healthy built environments in all Canadian communities! This initiative offers a free online tool to support Canadians who wish to have a dialogue with their elected officials and candidates in the context of an electoral debate, or other public conversation to raise awareness among citizens and policy makers.
The Active Neighbourhoods Canada partnership is launching a webinar series that will provide professionals and decision-makers with key tools for planning and developing healthy communities across Canada. Six webinars, three in English and three in French, will be available for free from mid-June to early November. These webinars will address the participatory planning approach developed by the Active Neighbourhoods Canada partnership, which engages citizens and professionals in building healthy and equitable communities. The series will also introduce tools to implement the participatory planning approach, and showcase inspiring projects and policies.
Walking is the healthiest, most affordable, and most inherently safe form of transportation. We need to build our communities so that everyone has equal and safe access to this most fundamental form of mobility. Inadequate pedestrian infrastructure in low-income neighbourhoods puts those residents at a high risk of collisions and deepens the inequities experienced by these communities. Applying an equity lens to transportation planning saves lives.
Article 100 degrés - Children making sand castles while their parents discuss at a refectory table or picking the herbs from an urban kitchen garden ... Here is a slice of typical life of the Terrasses Roy, a successful pedestrian development, fruit of a participation exercise exemplary citizen.
Nearly two years after its adoption by the Montreal municipal government, the "Vision Zero" approach is laudable, but still lacks concrete means to have a significant effect on the streets of the city, say the organizations advocating for a better sharing of the road. Repeatedly repeated in recent years, the changes to be prioritized are known to all. Overview in two stages. An article by Florence Sara G. Ferraris, Le Devoir, June 18, 2018.
Who has never played to avoid the cracks of the sidewalk? Have you ever traced a game of hopscotch? Imagination is active on our sidewalks! The problem is that they are often absent, in poor condition, or lost in harsh environments. They should, however, be the frame of a walkable city. These cement ribbons are spaces where the "ballet of urban life", as formulated by Jane Jacobs, is staged. Blog post by Véronique Fournier, published on May 28, 2018, in the online Magazine 100 degrés (in French only).
Article 100 degrés - Complete streets : a movement in full growth. This was the title of the conference presented by Nancy Smith Lea, Director of the Toronto Center for Active Transportation (TCAT), at the invitation of the Montreal Urban Ecology Center (MUEC), earlier this week in Montreal.
Every year, dozens of pedestrians and cyclists lose their lives on Quebec roads after being struck by a motorized vehicle. Here and elsewhere, however, there are proven methods to limit these clashes. Among these, the "convivial streets" try to give back to all the users the place that belongs to them.
An article published on May 22, 2018, in Le Devoir by Florence Sara G. Ferraris (in French only).
Whatever our main means of transport, we are all, at one point or another of our travels, pedestrians. And the proof is no longer to be made: the walkability of neighborhoods is closely linked to the quality of life of its citizens.