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Introducing the Friendly Streets Hamilton Project

This year-long pilot project explores innovative ways to involve residents of all backgrounds, abilities and age groups in assessing current challenges and barriers to active transportation and re-imagining neighbourhood streets for people.

By Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko
Published May 01, 2017

What makes a street feel friendly for walking and riding a bike? What makes it safe and enjoyable, and how can we make it so? These are the questions a new initiative of Environment Hamilton in partnership with Cycle Hamilton is asking residents and stakeholders in some urban Hamilton neighbourhoods.

Friendly Streets logo
Friendly Streets logo

Friendly Streets Hamilton is a year-long pilot project that is exploring innovative ways to involve residents of all backgrounds, abilities and age groups in assessing current challenges and barriers to active transportation and re-imagining neighbourhood streets for people.

The project promotes transportation justice since targeted pilot neighbourhoods include residents who depend on active transportation to move around.

Friendly Streets is particularly interested in hearing from groups such as women, seniors, and young people, as these groups are routinely under-represented in the sustainable transportation conversation.

Friendly Streets has identified the area around the General Hospital on Barton as a starting point, to then radiate out into the neighbourhoods of Beasley, Keith, Gibson-Landsdale and the North End.

Strong Network of Community Partners

By project end, Friendly Streets will have built a strong network of community partners, as well as a "tool kit" that identifies the most effective ways to engage and empower people in the creation of more walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods through dialogue, collaboration and action.

It will include a collectively developed strategy to address community needs and work together to pursue policy and infrastructure solutions.

To this end, Friendly Streets invites you to the following events.

Friendly Streets: Barton Street Audit

On Wednesday, May 3, come learn about the project and then join us on a walk along Barton Street, to the General Hospital as together, we assess the state of this street for active transportation.

100 in 1 Days Friendly Streets Ideation Workshop

Environment Hamilton, Cycle Hamilton, the SPN and the 100 in 1 Day planning team are hosting a civic action and urban intervention workshop with a focus on Friendly Streets in order to help residents prepare for and participate in the annual festival of civic action – 100 in 1 Day Hamilton, June 3.

By participating on June 3, you will be joining hundreds of others across Canada all making positive change in their communities.

Contact Beatrice or Elise at friendlystreetshamilton@gmail.com or call 905-549-0900.

Beatrice Ekwa Ekoko is a member of the dedicated team at Environment Hamilton.

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