Green Communities Canada received a Healthy Communities grant from the Government of Ontario in 2010 to develop the WALK Friendly Ontario (WFO) Designation Program. The WFO designation is modeled after the very successful program in the USA administered by the Pedestrian & Bicycle Information Centre. It is also similar to the Share the Road Cycling Coalition’s Bicycle Friendly Communities program. Both programs were launched in 2010.
We are grateful for the assistance of the following professionals in the active transportation field for the time and expertise that they volunteered to help revise the US walk friendly assessment tool for the Ontario context.
Members of the Knowledge Exchange Committee:
Karen Armstrong, inMotion Coordinator, Wellington Dufferin Guelph Public Health
Kim Bergeron, PhD Candidate, Queen’s University
Larissa Kaminskyj, Health Promoter, Brant County Health Unit
Jennifer Lay, Program Coordinator, School-based TDM, Metrolinx
Bronwen Thornton, Development Director, Walk21 (UK)
Joanne Banfield, Manager,Sunnybrook RBC First Office for Injury Prevention
Micheline Turnau, Community Mission Specialist, Champlain District, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario
Clifford Maynes, Executive Director, Green Communities Canada
Members of the Technical Advisory Committee:
Robert Dolezel, Team Leader, Sustainable Transportation Policy, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
Sharon Lewinson, President, Commuting Solutions
Dave McLaughlin, Senior Project Manager, Transportation Planning, MMM Group
Eleanor McMahon, CEO, Share the Road Cycling Coalition
Paul Young, Consultant, PublicSpaceWorkshop
In 2012, the WALK Friendly Ontario assessment tool was piloted with five communities across all four regions of the Province and representing cities and towns, large and small. Each of these communities committed to completing the assessment, providing us with feedback on the questions and evaluating the process. Feedback was collected through an online survey as well as through a follow up web conference.
We would like to thank each of the pilot communities, municipal staff and community partners for their time and expertise. We appreciate their contribution to the development of WALK Friendly Ontario.
Kingston: Lead organization – Kingston Frontenac Lennox and Addington Public Health
Thunder Bay: Lead organization – EcoSuperior
London: Lead Organization – City of London Environmental Programs, Environmental and Engineering Services
Fort Erie: Lead Organization – Fort Erie Active Transportation Advisory Committee
Hamilton: Lead Organization – City Of Hamilton Public Health Services