February 1, 2016

Peterborough the latest WALK Friendly Community to receive designation

(PETERBOROUGH – FEBRUARY 1, 2016) – The City of Peterborough is the latest municipality to be recognized by an expert panel for their progress toward walkability.

The designation was presented to Council on February 1st. “The WALK Friendly Community designation encourages municipalities to take practical steps to make walking safe, convenient and enjoyable”, said Program Manager, Kate Hall.

Walk friendly environments are linked to higher rates of everyday walking, help to create vibrant neighbourhoods, and increased retail sales and transit ridership. Walking is also being recognized as a “wonder drug” that boosts health and wellness, and combats chronic diseases like diabetes.

“The City of Peterborough is an extremely active community with its extensive network of multi-use trails and sidewalks, its connection to the TransCanada Trail and the Otonabee River Trail that extends around Little Lake to the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Trent-Severn Waterway,” Mayor Daryl Bennett said. “When we’re building new roads and neighbourhoods, we build complete streets to encourage people to be active in their community.”

Peterborough has shown leadership in the areas of policy and planning to support walking with a progressive Sidewalk Policy, on-going implementation of a Sidewalk Strategic Plan, recent development of an Active Transportation By-law and supportive targets in its Comprehensive Transportation Plan, all of which demonstrates the City’s understanding that walking is the fundamental mode in any integrated mobility solution.

Communities applying for designation report their progress on more than 200 key walkability indicators, including sidewalk policies, connectivity, progressive design standards, campaigns and promotions, training, and citizen engagement. Applications are scored by a panel of professionals that volunteer their expertise.

Communities wishing to apply should refer to the Application Guide at www.walkfriendly.ca and watch the website for intake dates.

WALK Friendly Communities is a program of Canada Walks, a department of Green Communities Canada.

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For more information: Kate Hall, Program Manager, Green Communities Canada 705-489-2110 kvhall06@gmail.com.

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