Think about your favourite city. Why do you like it? Is it sunny or windy? Is it a concrete jungle or landscaped and green? Does traffic speed by, or does the pace feel welcoming?
From wide-sidewalks to bike lanes and street lighting, it’s the built environment that plays a huge role in shaping how you feel about a place. The City of Edmonton has undertaken many projects to make Edmonton more walkable, including streetscaping, the Downtown ArttourYEG, and Transit Oriented Development Guidelines. Initiatives like these encourage people to stop at local amenities, collect in public spaces, and decrease their reliance on cars. They offer points of interest, places to stop and enjoy nature or history or art (or all three at once); and they’re places that make you proud when friends come to visit.
So how do we create a more walkable city? Join us for an engaging discussion and workshops at the 2016 Streets for People Walkability Symposium. This day-long event will feature guest speaker Jeff Speck, a leading expert on urban design. We hope you’ll attend this event to help take these lessons back and create walkable places now. We can’t build a great city alone.
Free Public Lecture:
Why Walkable Downtowns are Important by Jeff Speck
City Room at City Hall
Wednesday, April 27
Open to the public!
Streets for People: Edmonton Walkability Symposium ft. Jeff Speck
April 28, 2016
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sutton Place Hotel, 10235-101 Street
Early Bird full days: $150 for full day; $99 for just morning
Regular (after March 28): $225 for full day
Presented by the City of Edmonton, Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE).