WALK Friendly Communities Application Review Team, 2016
Bronwen Thornton – Development Director, Walk21
Bronwen is working with communities and professionals around the world to promote walking, develop and deliver innovative projects and provide resources, tools and services to support more walking. Her current projects include advising the UN and WHO, as well as cities in Canada, Asia and Europe. She worked on the European Active Access project and continues to deliver the Making Walking Count project and the International Charter for Walking.
Past projects such as the Walkability Roadshow in Canada 2007 and the Canadian Walking Master Class 2009 proved a project model of policy analysis and community engagement that can genuinely support local governments to deliver real results for walking. She is a strategic thinker and writer, expert facilitator and trainer with on-street experience of walking audits, transport design and urban planning. Originally from Australia, Bronwen now lives in the United Kingdom and loves nothing better than a muddy walk in the rain!
Paul Young – Consultant, PublicSpaceWorkshop
Paul Young is a landscape architect and planner. He has designed streets, trails and parks for both public and private sector clients. He is also a health promoter at a Community Health Center in Toronto where he works to engage people in planning for a healthier community.
Combining the two skill sets Paul routinely conducts public engagement workshops to build understanding and commitments towards improving supports for walking, cycling and accessibility. He addresses both planning and urban design considerations by promoting complete communities with complete streets. He reviews policy and conducts speaking engagements.
Paul was on the Review Team that provided feedback to communities that took part in the pilot for WFO. Prior to that, he was on the judging panel for Canada Walks’ Ontario Walkability Award of Excellence in 2010.
Ryan Martinson – P.Eng, Stantec
Ryan is a leader in the Active and Sustainable Transportation field and his passion for his work is made clear to clients and stakeholders he works with. Based out of Stantec’s Calgary office, Ryan has been involved with numerous game-changing transportation projects; all with the goal of creating stronger communities and better cities for people to enjoy life. Examples of projects include the City of Edmonton’s Complete Streets Guidelines, City of Calgary Centre City Cycle Track Network Planning and Implementation, Walkability Technical Reports, Safe Journey’s to School, Complete Street retrofit projects, and numerous concept designs and planning studies.
Ryan is an active participant in ITE’s Sustainability Task Force, a cross-council effort focused on promoting the development and communication of sustainable transportation solutions. As well, Ryan is a part of the Measuring Walking group of Walk21, which is currently documenting and sharing methods to capture walking and walkability data.
Locally, Ryan is involved with Sustainable Calgary he is also the Vice President of the Federation of Calgary Communities, an organization that provides programs, services, and support to not-for-profit organizations and community associations, and offers a respected voice on issues important to maintaining community life in Calgary.
Dr. Raktim Mitra is an Urban Planner with expertise and interests in land use-transportation planning and healthy communities planning. Prior to joining Ryerson University, Dr. Mitra worked as a GIS instructor at the University of Toronto, and as a lecturer at Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET). At Ryerson, he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Transportation Planning, Active and Healthy Communities, Quantitative Techniques and Research Methods.
Dr. Mitra’s research explores travel behaviour and its relation to urban environment (both built and social) and health. Some of his recent areas of interest are (1) the social and environmental barriers and enablers to walking, cycling and transit use, (2) personal/household travel behaviour across space and over time, (2) the impact of engineering and non-engineering interventions on travel mode choice, and (3) the links between active transportation, physical activity and livability.
Dr. Mitra’s recent research has largely focused on mobility of the children and youth. A current list of his scholarly publications can be found here: http://tinyurl.com/raktim-mitra
Dylan Reid – Chair, Walk Toronto
Dylan Reid was co-chair of the Toronto Pedestrian Committee from 2006-2010, and is a co-founder of Walk Toronto, a grassroots pedestrian advocacy group. He was also a co-founder of the Toronto Coalition for Active Transportation (now the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation). He is a senior editor at Spacing magazine, where he writes the column about walking issues, and he is a frequent commenter in the media about walking issues in Toronto.