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The Walking Strategy includes visionary policy, infrastructure and programming to create a rich culture of walking in Toronto.
The City of Toronto conducts as survey of the walking habits and attitudes of of 1,000 residents Toronto over the age of 16 every 5 years. The latest round of survey was conducted late in 2012 by Ispos Reid. Visit the Walking Habits Survey page for current and past results.
The vision of Toronto’s Official Plan is to create “an attractive and safe city that evokes pride, passion and a sense of belonging - a city where people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a good quality of life.” Creating a walkable city is an important component of the Official Plan vision.
In October 2007, City Council adopted the staff report, “Sustainable Transportation Initiatives: Short-term Proposals” with amendments. The report contains several proposals for short term initiatives to improve sustainable transportation in Toronto including pedestrian-focused initiatives. For more information, please view:
- Toronto City Council Decision Document (October 22 and 23, 2007). See pages 47 - 53 for decisions on the Sustainable Transportation Initiatives.
- Staff Report: 2007-10-03-pw09-2
- Appendix 1: 2007-10-03-pw09-2.app1
- Appendix 2: 2007-10-03-pw09-2.app2
Dr. David McKeown, Toronto's Medical Officer of Health, released a report stating that traffic related air pollution contributes to about 440 premature deaths and 1,700 hospitalizations per year in Toronto.
This bold plan will see the City of Toronto and its residents, businesses and communities take action to cut greenhouse gas emissions, clean the air and create a sustainable energy future.
Toronto Public Health reports and research on various environmental health issues.
City staff did a presentation recently on "Designing for Pedestrians in Toronto" for the Transportation Association of Canada (done virtually and not in person) at the national conference in Fredericton, New Brunswick. The presentation slides and audio are available by clicking this weblink.