Kingston is WALK Friendly

KINGSTON, ON has been awarded a bronze designation under the WALK Friendly Communities program delivered by Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks).

This medium-sized city has done an impressive job of promoting walkability and engaging its citizens to increase walking rates. Kingston consistently does well in the Commuter Challenge, and in 2016 recorded the highest participation rate in Ontario.

Highlights include:

  • Creation of an advisory committee with broad representation, including citizens, to develop an Active Transportation Master Plan, which is scheduled to be completed by mid-2018.
  • Pedestrian-friendly initiatives such as reduced speed limits, street design changes, and crosswalk upgrades as outlined in the recently updated Ontario Traffic Manual, Book 15 on Pedestrian Crossing Facilities.
  • An app-based series of guided walking tours, using technology to encourage walking.

WALK Friendly Communities recognizes efforts to improve walkability by awarding Bronze, Silver, Gold, or Platinum designations. The designation uses a comprehensive framework of indicators, enabling municipalities to benchmark improvements over time. A panel of expert reviewers provides feedback and advice.

Read the profiles of all designated WALK Friendly Communities here.

The 2016 WALK Friendly Communities application intake was funded by the Canadian Automobile Association (National CAA) and South Central Ontario CAA.

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