Friendly Streets: Working together towards more walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods is a collaborative initiative between Cycle Hamilton and Environment Hamilton designed to engage community stakeholders in securing safer cycling and walking conditions in urban Hamilton.
In this year-long project (2017), we explored 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 as places that are enjoyable for walking and biking. We aligned project outcomes and recommendations with municipal transportation planning processes in order to influence the design of the neighbourhood streets to best serve community members.
The pilot targeted the area around the Hamilton General Hospital, and surrounding neighbourhoods of Gibson-Landsdale, Beasley and Keith.
Our goal, by project end, was to have built a strong network of community partners, as well as a “tool kit” that identifies the most effective tools to engage and empower people in the creation of more walkable, bikeable neighbourhoods through dialogue, collaboration and action. We did it!
Friendly Streets Toolkit
The toolkit, completed in January 2018, is a living document that we will continue to update. It includes a collectively developed strategy to address community needs and work together to pursue policy and infrastructure solutions.
Keeping it Moving
We continue to promote Friendly Streets and are working in a reduced capacity, until further funding, with members of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association and with a stakeholder group of the Hamilton General Hospital, two working groups that emerged from this project.
Visit our blog to learn more about the project and project updates.