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.
On April 11th, the Government of Canada announced $10.5 million of funding over three years (2017 to 2020) for seven projects to promote healthier lifestyles among young Canadians and their families. The Montréal Urban Ecology Centre, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and Sustainable Calgary are thrilled by this announcement which allows the implementation of the third phase of the project Active Neighbourhoods Canada / Réseau Quartiers verts project to continue the work of building the active city.
Health is multi-faceted, and as such we would expect buildings that support and address health to be just as comprehensive.
A desire for greater multi-sectoral collaboration exists. All sectors, not merely health or infrastructure, should be working towards healthy places.
Are you a graduate student interested in the interaction between health, urban design and active transportation? Active Neighbourhoods Canada Network is looking for a Research Assistant to conduct a literature scan of cost-benefit analysis practices related to health, urban design, active transportation and participatory planning.
“Streets should be compelling and beautiful.” That was the message delivered at Ryerson’s Chang School for Continuing Studies by Car Martin, TCAT’s Participatory Design Consultant and soon-to-be co-instructor of our new course, CVUP 115 Planning Active Transportation.