Environment Hamilton has just launched a new website that will help you search amenities in your neighbourhood and show you how easy it is to get there on foot, bike or bus: Walk There!
This is how it works: you enter your address, choose a type of destination and you are then shown a map. Your departure point is at the centre, with a circle showing a 2 km radius.
Just clicking on the spot you would like to visit â€“ perhaps a school, library, church or restaurant â€“ you are shown the time it would take an average walker to get there.
The web tool also comes with a challenge, the Walk There! Challenge. You can commit to travel to destinations within two kilometres of your home by foot, bike or bus, with the goal of reducing vehicle trips by ten percent. By accepting the challenge, you could win prizes such as a VIA rail train pass or HSR tickets.
Walk There! also includes resources such as links to alternative transportation websites, a list of Environment Hamilton community walking events, and opportunities to take action to make your community more pedestrian friendly.
In Hamilton, the average car makes 2,000 trips a year that are shorter than three kilometres. Replacing short trips with walking, cycling or taking public transit is a significant way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, saving on fuel costs and living a healthier life.
This project received funding from Environment Canada's EcoAction Community Funding Program.
Visit the Walk There! website at the following address: