As reported by Metrolinx in their quinquennial review of school travel habits, active travel to school continues to decline. This bodes poorly for kids’ current and future physical and mental health, as well as their academic performance. Read article here.
In Lanark, Leeds & Grenville, a partnership among UCDSB, the Health Unit and various police forces, school parent groups and communities is helping to grow momentum around active and safe routes to school.
Read more here.
At Limerick Forest just north of Roebuck, over 100 kids from kindergarten to high school, from Bancroft, Kingston, Ottawa and more locally, will gather for this 12th annual event.
The courses vary in length and difficulty for different age groups, and there are individual and team prizes for everyone!
Check out this smash Youtube video of the 2015 event!
“Design of urban environments has the potential to contribute substantially to physical activity. Similarity of findings across cities suggests the promise of engaging urban planning, transportation, and parks sectors in efforts to reduce the health burden of the global physical inactivity pandemic.”
This cross-sectional study measured the activity of 7,000 individuals in 14 cities around the world, finding strong a strong link between the walkability of the urban environment, and people’s everyday activity levels.
Read article here, and the study abstract here.
“Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier” explores the interconnections among walking, bicycling, and real estate development. It showcases the growing synergies between real estate development and bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure investments.
Across the globe, developers are seizing a competitive advantage by leveraging growing interest in biking and walking among residents and tenants. And municipalities are promoting health, equity, and sustainability by investing in active transportation infrastructure projects, such as trails and greenways. Learn more about these trends and opportunities inside the report.”
This report, just published by the Urban Land Institute, details case studies around the world and presents compelling evidence for the economic benefits of active mobility. Along with environmental and health benefits, this report catalogues in detail the positive impact on property values and profitability when city planners and developers meet the growing demands for active lifestyles. Learn more here.
While some players in the real estate industry can’t seem to wrap their minds around trends that continue to build and gain momentum, most real estate professionals and developers not only see the trends, but are profiting from them. At this article in the Washington Post highlights, “Real estate developers are building more “trail-oriented” communities to meet a growing demand for bike-friendly and walkable places to live and work.” Read article here.
The article references a recent study by the Urban Land Institute, “Active Transportation and Real Estate: The Next Frontier” which explores the economic benefits of developments that support active mobility.
While the physical health benefits of regular exercise are well studied and generally well known, evidence on the mental health benefits has been growing too in recent years. This is especially true for exercise like walking and biking, especially outside in a natural (green) setting, and especially when integrated into the activities of daily living. All the more reason to leave the car parked and walk or bike! Read more.
With distracted driving becoming the leading cause of motor vehicle collisions leading to injury and death in Ontario, Ottawa Police Services are stepping up their campaign by taking education into schools. Continue reading “Ottawa Police Step Up Campaign for Attentive Driving”
There are various initiatives in Brockville that have a common goal of creating an environment that’s conducive to active, healthy living for all ages. Groups supporting “youth friendly”, “age friendly”, “walk friendly”, “bike friendly” and “safe communities” are but a few of the many efforts underway.
The Age Friendly Brockville group just launched their website and an initial survey to gather input from the community. You can learn more at the website here (including the survey).
As an aside, seniors are the fastest growing segment amongst those choosing to cycle, for both purpose and for pleasure! That’s why our design target for the Brockville Cycling Network is those aged 8 to 80.
This is the remarkable story of how “protected bike lanes”, a best-practice in Denmark, were imported to the USA and eventually became a FHWA policy standard.
Today, four years after the Green Lane Project launched, the United States has 270 protected bike lanes in 82 cities, a figure that has literally been growing exponentially, doubling every 26 months. Read article here.
“The needs of our communities evolve over time, and our street design should, too. That’s the idea behind ‘rightsizing streets’ – reconfiguring the layout of our streets to better serve the people who use them, whether they’re commuters driving, shoppers walking, or children bicycling. Across the country, communities large and small are achieving impressive safety, mobility, and community outcomes by implementing such reconfigurations.” Read more.
New mountain bike trails, improvements to the St. Lawrence Recreational Trail, Eastern Ontario Summit – there’s a lot going on around the region. Continue reading “Regional cycling update”
Ontario By Bike recently hosted another popular cycle tourism conference in Toronto. Tourism industry providers and promoters mixed with planners, cycle tourism advocates and other stakeholders to share experiences and learn from each other. Continue reading “Cycle Tourism Conference Proceedings”
Enbridge has stepped up with a $20,000 grant to help fund completion/revitalization of the Brock Trail. Read article here.
(Link will be updated when Brockville Recorder website is updated.)
Brockville Recorder reports on the grant which will help fund completion of the City’s north-south Brock Trail linkage, from Mac Johnson Wildlife Area all the way to the Riverfront. Read article here.
An article in today’s paper recounts a filled-beyond-capacity meeting of Brockville’s Finance/Admin/Operations standing committee at which opponents had a chance to speak against a proposal to provide safe passage on Laurier Blvd for people wishing to ride bikes for purpose or for pleasure. Much misinformation persists, yet only good can eventually come from public dialogue. Read article on Recorder Times website.
(March 15, 2016) The City is delighted to announce it will receive a $325,000 grant under the Ontario Municipal Cycling Infrastructure Program. Continue reading “News: Brockville Receives OMCIP Grant”
In signing the petition to City Council in support of the cycling plan, to date over 200 have provided a comment as to why. Here they are, with names withheld for privacy. Those signing the petition did so of their own free will – without in-your-face bullying or intimidation. These comments from the usually-silent majority speak to a healthier, more equitable, more active Brockville. Continue reading “Comments received on support petition”
With a simple change in one metric underpinning project evaluation, SF has brought focus to “moving people” and away from “moving cars”.
This is a big step toward SF’s Vision Zero goal. Read more here.
“What we’re trying to do is see equity of public space. When you build your streets for cars, you’re actually building in the expectation that people are going to have cars. It costs $10,000 per year for a household to own and maintain a car. We’re talking about building in affordable options for people to get around. Make it easier for people to get around.”