Project Publications

ANC publications present our approach to co-designing active, healthy, and green neighbourhoods. Citizens, professionals, and decision-makers will find techniques and practical advice, in addition to innovative examples and case studies.

Building Active Communities Together

The Active Neighbourhoods community projects demonstrate how policymakers, professionals, community groups and citizens can work together to develop plans and solutions that promote active transportation and active citizen engagement in communities. This report details best practices and lessons learned through diverse on-the-ground collaborations. Three partners, the Montreal Urban Ecology Center, the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation and the Sustainable Calgary Society, have adopted an innovative cooperative approach across Canada. Published in November 2017.

Fact sheet - Traffic-calming measures to decrease speed

In urban areas, the speed of motorized traffic can create problems of safety and comfort for pedestrians and cyclists, as well as affect the tranquility of residents and users of public spaces. Learn more about traffic calming measures to reduce speed in our fourth factsheet. Published in Octobre 2016. 

Participatory urban planning. Planning the city with and for its citizens.

The guide "Participatory urban planning: Planning the city with and for its citizens" was designed to help you step by step in carrying out a project involving citizen participation. Whether it's redesigning an intersection, securing a street, creating a public space, implementing a local travel plan or greening a common courtyard, proposed approach will allow you to make your project a real collective initiative. Published in 2016.

Fact sheet - Best practices in the planning and development of commercial arteries

The good development of commercial arteries, the public space par excellence of our cities and a central element of their cultural and economic dynamism, is essential to the development of our cities. Our third factsheet offers you the opportunity to discover proposals to make these places more friendly, accessible, green and dynamic. Published in October 2016.

Fact Sheet - Improving the safety of intersections and crossing

Promoting active mobility in urban areas is an excellent strategy for sustainable development and public health. It is still necessary that the movements of vulnerable users can be done in a safe environment. Find out how it is possible to improve securing intersections and crossings in our fact sheet. Published in October 2016.

Fact Sheet - Participatory Urban Planning

Participatory urban planning is a process with a great potential for transforming the city and its neighbuorhoods, with their different stakeholders, but it is still necessary to plan for its success. Inspired by the community planning and works of Jan Gehl and Jane Jacobs, this participatory process emphasizes the importance of citizen participation to create living environments that meet the needs of the communities that inhabit them. Published in June 2017.

Fact sheet - Greening cities with citizens

Pour atténuer les effets néfastes des îlots de chaleur, verdir la ville se révèle une stratégie très efficace. Du balcon fleuri au grand parc municipal, les espaces à investir prennent toutes sortes de formes. C’est bon pour la santé physique et mentale, l’environnement et les liens sociaux. Alors, mettons tous les mains à la terre!  To offset the harmful effects of heat islands, «greening» the city is a very effective strategy. From flower-covered balconies to large municipal parks, the spaces that lend themselves to these efforts come in all shapes and sizes. Greening is good for our physical and mental health, the environment and community building. So rollup your sleeves and get your hands in the soil! Published in octobre 2016

Fact Sheet - Urban arteries and boulevards: sharing the road

Urban arteries (also known as "urban boulevards") are densely populated and widely used, particularly by pedestrians. Due to its volume and high speed, motorized traffic on the arteries affects air quality, noise level, temperature and pedestrian safety. We propose you to discover how can cohabitation at the level of arteries and urban boulevards work in this second fact sheet. Published in October 2016.

Guide - Steps To Built The City We Want

The guide suggests 11 principles for improving mobility in neighbourhoods. These proposals are accompanied by inspiring examples in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta. To know where to start, action tracks are proposed ... for the city to walk! Published in May 2014.

Fact sheet - Vision Zero

Vision Zero is a road safety strategy that emerged in Sweden in the late 1990s. It comes down to a promising idea: no death or serious injury to the road network is acceptable. The core of this approach is therefore to eliminate fatal road crashes and serious injuries at the source through a comprehensive vision that includes engineering, citizen engagement, monitoring, evaluation and education. This principle adopted by many countries and even more cities shows that it is possible to improve the road safety record by changing our vision of the road system. Published in march 2017. In french only