Resources

Canada Walks and selected partners have produced a number of resources, listed below. If you are looking for more technical detail, visit WALK Friendly Communities. If you are looking for information about active school travel see Active and Safe Routes to School.

The State of the Walking Movement in Canada: Survey Summary Report

Canada Walks, with the assistance of Ryerson University, implemented a survey early in 2015 to learn more about the state of the walking movement in Canada. The survey investigated the practices, resources, and needs of groups and organizations from across the country who promote walking and plan for walkability. More than 125 surveys were completed and the findings are now accessible in this summary report produced by Graduate students within the School of Urban and Regional Planning.

Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools

The Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools: Understanding Your Policy Options in the City of Toronto helps schools and residents improve traffic safety in their neighbourhoods. It is available as a PDF for download from saferstreetsnearschools.ca, along with a web version that includes downloadable templates and samples from the accompanying toolkit. The guide is the result of a project by Green Communities Canada in partnership with Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, University of Toronto School of the Environment, Toronto Public Health, Toronto District School Board, and CultureLink Settlement & Community Services.

Frequency, Duration, & Destinations: GCC-CAA Walking Survey results

This infographic, from the GCC-CAA 2015 Walking Survey, highlights the poll results that refer to the frequency, duration, and destinations of Canadians and their walking habits. This survey was conducted through GCC/Canada Walks’ partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association this past June, and polled 1,200 Canadians. Through this partnership, Canada Walks was able to include some specific questions about walking. Read more about the survey here.

Walking Initiatives: GCC-CAA Walking Survey results

This infographic, from the GCC-CAA 2015 Walking Survey, highlights the various walking initiatives for which Canadians would like to see more government/municipal spending and/or infrastructure. This survey was conducted through GCC/Canada Walks’ partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association this past June, and polled 1,200 Canadians. Through this partnership, Canada Walks was able to include some specific questions about walking. Read more about the survey here.

Walking Benefits, Obstacles, and Commitment: GCC-CAA Walking Survey results

This infographic, from the GCC-CAA 2015 Walking Survey, highlights Canadians’ perceived walking benefits, what they feel they can commit to walking in a week, and the challenges Canadians face in getting out for a walk. This survey was conducted through GCC/Canada Walks’ partnership with the Canadian Automobile Association this past June, and polled 1,200 Canadians. Through this partnership, Canada Walks was able to include some specific questions about walking. Read more about the survey here.

WALK Friendly Communities Showcase

This document profiles the communities that received the WALK Friendly Community designation, January 2013 to March 2015. Learn more about the WALK Friendly designation program.

The International Charter for Walking

The International Charter for Walking is a pivotal document produced by WALK21 and signed by governments and others around the world. The Charter “shows how to create a culture where people choose to walk. It identifies the needs of people on foot and provides a common framework to help authorities refocus their existing policies, activities and relationships to create a culture where people choose to walk.” See the list of Canadian municipalities that have signed the International Charter for Walking.

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