Walking

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Pedestrian Resources

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Walking in Toronto

There are many great walking destinations in Toronto. From parks to neighbourhoods to the indoor PATH system and outdoor street events, Toronto offers a diverse array of walking opportunities for everyone.

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Toronto Walking Strategy

The Toronto Walking Strategy was adopted by Toronto City Councilin 2009. Its goal is to make Toronto a great walking city. Based on months of discussion with the public, external organizations, and relevant City divisions and agencies, the Toronto Walking Strategy includes visionary policy, infrastructure and programming to create a rich culture of walking in Toronto.

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Pedestrian Environment

The City of Toronto works on a number of programs that affect the pedestrian environment. These include programs to redevelop the waterfront, standards for designing vibrant streets, programs to monitor the air we breathe and more.

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Reports and Studies

Find relevant reports and studies such as the Toronto Walking Strategy, Walking Habits surveys and Toronto Official Plan

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Pedestrian Safety

Improving safety conditions for pedestrians on our roads is the goal of the City’s Walking Strategy. See what programs and initiatives are taking place to improve pedestrian safety in the city, 

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Pedometer Newsletter

Pedometer is an electronic publication produced by the City of Toronto. It reports on Pedestrian Projects and associated programs, such as Coordinated Street Furniture and Beautiful Streets.

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Toronto Pedestrian Charter

The Toronto Pedestrian Charter sets out six principles necessary to ensure that walking is a safe and convenient mode of urban travel. These include accessibility, equity, health and well-being, environmental sustainability, personal and community safety, community cohesion and vitality.

Initiatives and Programs

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Guidelines for Parklets

Parklets provide an economical solution to the desire for wider sidewalks. A parklet is a temporary lateral projection to the adjoining boulevard that can be used as additional space for street furniture, landscaping, outdoor cafés and other pedestrian-related amenities. The City of Toronto has developed a guidline for applying to set up a parklet on City roads. 

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Toronto Wayfinding Strategy

Wayfinding enables people to orient themselves and navigate from place to place with ease, making a city more "legible" for residents, commuters, and tourists, alike. The City is currently undertaking Phase Two – the pilot implementation.

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Snow removal for seniors and disabled

Seniors and Disabled residents in the central core of the city can get their sidewalks cleared of snow by the city. To find out if you are eligible and to get a form, click here.

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Pedestrian Priority Phase or "Barnes Dance"

A pedestrian scramble phase gives a walk signal to pedestrians in all directions at the same time at a signalized intersection while drivers are stopped in all directions. The primary advantage is that pedestrians can cross the intersection without any conflicting motor vehicle movements. Pedestrians may also be able to cross the intersection diagonally, thereby completing two crossings at once.

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We're All Pedestrians

The Please Drive Carefully – We’re All Pedestrians media campaign encourages drivers to be more aware of pedestrians. The campaign featured posters on transit shelters and the backs of buses. Posters were also distributed to libraries, community centres, schools and other locations. Campaigns were launched in 2003 / 2004 and in 2005.

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Walk into Health

The Walk into Health program is a part of the Building Physically Active Communities (BPAC) project. The program provides information and resources to help people be more active by promoting walking and stair climbing.

Although walking is the number one activity of adult Canadians, 50% of adults living in Toronto are not physically active enough to maintain or improve their health. Find out about pedometer lending programs, walking groups and more. Learn how walking can help reduce your risk of chronic disease. Every step counts. Walk into Health.

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Pedestrian Zones Pilot Projects

The City of Toronto in partnership with Ryerson University and the University of Toronto created three pedestrian pilot projects at the downtown campuses in September 2010. 

Learn more about the pilot projects through this poster (PDF) and the decision to make them permanent.

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Toronto Walking Tours

Visit the City of Toronto's Self-Guided Walking Tours Database where you can search for self-guided walking tours across the City. After locating a desired walking tour, you will need to download and print a PDF containing the map and walk details. If your selected walking tour has an audio component, please download the MP3 to listen to on your portable media player while you walk.