TCAT invited to present at the Walk21 Conference in the Netherlands
TCAT has been invited to present its current research on community-based walkability audits at the upcoming Walk21 Conference in the Netherlands. This research, commissioned by the City of Toronto, teases out issues relevant to community-based walkability audit tools – tools administered by community members, without the need for formal training.
Although in practice, there are many examples of community walkability audit tools, the literature pertaining to this subset of audit tools is extremely limited. The purpose of this research is to address these gaps.
Additional key findings include:
- Civic engagement and improving public discourse surrounding issues of walkability, although complementary goals, are not one in the same.
- Ensuring that information collected from a community walkability audit tool meet broader data collection needs requires that parameters for those data needs be communicated prior to developing the community walkability audit tool.
- Know who will be using your tool. Community members may be the primary users but not all community members are the same. What language(s) should the tool be available in? Can the same tool be used by different sub groups – i.e. seniors, children, etc.?
- The audit tool should be one component of a larger toolkit/resource section.
TCAT is currently working on drafting a prototype of a community-based walkability audit tool for the City of Toronto.
Posted On: June 15, 2010