During this year's Jane's Walk weekend, TCAT led two walks in North York to discuss walking and public space in two different neighbourhoods.
Mikey Bennington and Car Martin, TCAT's Active Neighbourhoods Canada (ANC) Project Managers led a Jane's Walk in Flemingdon Park and Thorncliffe. The group explored ideas developed by residents for improving local public spaces as well as pedestrian and cyclist safety. The ANC project brings participatory urban planning to communities so they can build consensus for future changes to their streets and public spaces. Visit TCAT's album for photos from the walk.
The second walk was organized by several neighbourhood action organizations working in Black Creek, recently ranked as Toronto's highest priority area. Nancy Smith Lea, TCAT's Director, led the walk to Everdale's Black Creek Community Farm. One of Everdale's goals is to make sure the local community can reach the farm safely, especially by walking or bicycle. The problem is that the local community is cut off from the farm by Jane Street, a busy street with lots of traffic.
In 2013 Everdale worked with TCAT and Toronto Public Health to explore options with the community for tackling this challenge. The Jane's Walk stopped at the site of the proposed traffic signal outside of the farm's entrance to discuss this #1 solution identified by the community.