I attended the preliminary meeting of Walk Toronto led by Spacing writer Dylan Reid. As you can see, the attendance was good and the discussion (which you can’t see) was lively. The issues raised ranged from clearing snow to “pedestrianism,” which amounts to a walking culture. That sounds odd, but to me it’s s simple as a culture where more people walk around in their communities, get to know their neighbours, see folks walking their dogs, chatting about the weather. I grew up in a suburban neighbourhood that has become quite bleak. There is nothing to do, nowhere to go, no real parks where you can just sit and read or people watch; just a few malls (enclosed and strip) that offer nothing but consumerism and stale air. This isn’t conducive to growth, engagement, or even feeling safe. I think walking will help contribute to improving our city. Because everyone is a pedestrian.
At a meeting at Metro Hall on the evening of Feb. 13, over 80 participants gathered in order to launch our new group devoted to pedestrian advocacy in Toronto. At the end of the meeting, attendees took part in a vote in order to determine the official name of the organization, and the winning choice was “Walk Toronto”. For the time being our web presence will continue at pedto.wordpress.com , but soon the group’s new web address will be: http://www.walktoronto.ca .
The meeting began with the organizers outlining the need for a group to advocate walking in Toronto. As part of the visioning process, participants discussed walking issues which they considered most important. These will be used as the basis for shaping the direction that Walk Toronto’s advocacy will take. The meeting concluded with the formation of a circle of active volunteers who will perform various roles on an ongoing basis.
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