FEB 12: Keynote talk: Jennifer Keesmat talk on walking to school

Walk Toronto is pleased to announce Walk Toronto’s 2014 general meeting, with a keynote talk by Jennifer Keesmaat, Chief Planner for the City of Toronto, on the subject of walking to school. Ms. Keesmaat speaks passionately on this important topic (including a widely-watched TEDx talk), and under her auspices the City has begun a project to both encourage walking to school and make it safer for students.

The talk and general meeting are free and open to the general public. Here are the event details:

Jennifer Keesmaat
“Walk this way: Transforming our City”
Wednesday February 12
7:00-8:00 pm (keynote talk and questions), 8:00-9:00 pm (general meeting)
University of Toronto Schools (UTS) Auditorium, 371 Bloor St. W.
(S-E corner of Bloor and Spadina)
Accessible entrance west of main doors
If you plan to attend, please RSVP through Eventbrite:

Following the keynote, the Walk Toronto general meeting will highlight current initiatives and describe our first year’s accomplishments, followed by an opportunity to connect with other walking advocates and talk to representatives of walk to school programs. Everyone is welcome to stay and participate.

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JUNE 23: 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)

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MAY 11: Be a part of the Walk and Roll Caravan

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:

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!

Original post by Dylan Reid


MAY 11: 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.
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.
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.

Post originally by Dylan Reid