Walking is the first and most fundamental form of transportation. Everyone is a pedestrian at some point in their day. It's how transit passengers reach their destination, how people driving get from the curb to the front door, and those riding a bike get from the bike rack to their end point. The City is committed to making walking an attractive and convenient mobility choice for residents of all ages and abilities. To do this, the City is developing a pedestrian plan - Walk CNV, that when implemented will ensure existing and future walking facilities are safe, enjoyable and accessible for residents and visitors.
What are the benefits of walking?
Walking is a great way to get around and is one of the best ways to get and stay physically active. It's accessible and inexpensive, with no special training required and no gas tank to fill. All you need is a good pair of shoes. Walking also helps to create more livable communities, reduce vehicle-related air pollution and reduce traffic congestion.
While you can improve your health and ease the burden on your pocketbook, the benefits of walking also extend to the broader community. For example, walking helps to:
- Create more livable communities
- Reduce vehicle-related air pollution
- Reduce traffic congestion for all road users
Developing Walk CNV
The Walk CNV process involves four distinct phases. There will be multiple opportunities for public input with both in-person events and online participation.
Walk CNV will build on our existing Pedestrian Plan, contained in the City’s Long-term Transportation Plan (2008). It will provide detailed actions to prioritize pedestrian investments throughout the city including new sidewalks, curb ramps, crosswalks, and many other improvements that make it easier to walk in our neighborhoods.
The first phase of public consultation for Walk CNV is now complete! Thank you to everyone who participated online and attended the various events and activities. Throughout winter 2017, we heard from hundreds of City residents on how we can make it easier for all of us to get around on foot. This includes:
- 365 online survey responses
- Direct public outreach at 2 pop-up events
- 2 stakeholder meetings
- 3 neighbourhood walkabouts
The feedback gathered from residents will be used to develop a vision and goals for walking in the City as well as draft priorities for Walk CNV.
The Walk CNV team will be out and about for the second phase of public consultation June 2017. Stay tuned for more project updates in the coming months.
Walk CNV Facts + Stats
- Walking accounts for approximately 13% of all daily trips made by CNV residents.
- The majority of walking trips remain on the North Shore.
- 40% stay in the City of North Vancouver
- 26% travel to the District of North Vancouver
- The most common reasons why people walk are:
- People walking in the City don’t travel far - In fact, 88% of all walking trips are less than 2 km or 25 minutes.
- The City has approximately 135 km of roads, of which over 112 km have sidewalks on one or both sides of the street. PLUS - There are over 30 km of designated trails in the City.
- More walking results in a healthier community
Check back for updates on this exciting project, and also please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages, using the hashtag #walkcnv.
If you have any questions, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.