Mayor Gregor Robertson signs Walk21 International Charter for Walking
On Sunday, Vancouverites gathered at Olympic Village for Mayor Gregor Robertson’s opening reception of the 2011 Walk21 International Conference on Walking and Livable Communities.
Robertson told the audience that he wanted walking to be part of Vancouver's culture, tying it in with the City’s 2020 Greenest City goals.
That said, both Robertson and Walker agree both that there is much more that can be done to promote foot traffic.
Walker calls this commitment to walking “a marriage” between all people in the community. Helping Vancouver become more inclusive and sustainable should not be the responsibility of just one certain group, he argued. Instead, it should be a shared responsibility.
- Increased inclusive mobility
- Well designed and managed spaces and places for people
- Improved integration of networks
- Supportive land-use and spatial planning
- Reduced road danger
- Less crime and fear of crime
- More supportive authorities
- A culture of walking
The conference for Walk21 will take place from October 3-5 at Simon Fraser University's Goldcorp Centre for the Arts and Morris J.
Wosk Centre for Dialogue. To learn more about it, visit the Walk21 Vancouver website.