Links provide excellent resources

Walking and Biking

www.canadawalks.ca
The mission of Canada Walks is to make walkable communities the social and cultrual norm in Canada. The website features projects of Canada Walks, best practices, case studies, resources, tools and links. Canada Walks is a department of Green Communities Canada.

www.walkON.ca
walkON is a partnership of Central West Ontario regional municipalities that have identified a need to support the development of walkable communities. walkON promotes the development of communities that support walking for transportation, health and recreation. It provides resources and programs to support local communities in increasing their “walkability.”.

www.8-80cities.org
This website features useful information, pictures of some best practices and useful links, with the objective of providing assistance to people interested in promoting walking and cycling as activities, and parks, trails and open spaces as great places.

http://cst.uwinnipeg.ca/completed.html#kids_b
The Centre for Sustainable Transportation has completed a series of publications dealing with the needs of children and youth when planning transportation and land use.

http://www.inavigait.com/home.aspx
iNavigate is a program that aims to reduce pedestrian injury and death through education and awareness. The  program offers pedestrian safety presentations to schools and community groups as well as programs that identify risk factors and safety tips for various age groups. 

www.americawalks.org
(USA) America Walks is a national coalition of local advocacy groups dedicated to promoting walkable communities. Its mission is to foster the development of community-based pedestrian advocacy groups, to educate the public about the benefits of walking, and, when appropriate, to act as a collective voice for walking advocates.

www.walkinginfo.org
(USA) The Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) is a clearinghouse for information about health and safety, engineering, advocacy, education, enforcement and access and mobility. The PBIC serves anyone interested in pedestrian and bicycle issues, including planners, engineers, private citizens, advocates, educators, police and the health community.

www.bikewalk.org
(USA) The National Center for Bicycling & Walking (NCBW) helps create bicyclefriendly and walkable communities across North America by encouraging and supporting the efforts of individuals, organizations, and agencies. It provides bicycle and pedestrian advocates and professionals, transportation engineers and planners,
public health specialists, and others with easy access to the information, training, tools, and experts they need to foster active living through community design.

Children:

www.saferoutestoschool.ca
Green Communities Active & Safe Routes to School is a comprehensive community based initiative that taps into the increasingly urgent demand for safe, walkable neighbourhoods. Active & Safe Routes to School promotes the use of active and efficient transportation for the daily trip to school, addressing health and traffic safety issues while taking action on air pollution and climate change. The web site
provides resources, tools, information and links for schools and communities to create their own unique Active & Safe Routes to School program.

Health Issues:

www.heartandstroke.ca
The Heart and Stroke Foundation is a national voluntary non-profit organization. Its mission is to improve the health of Canadians by preventing and reducing disability and death from heart disease and stroke through research, health promotion and advocacy. Resources are available on obesity and the built environment.

www.ocfp.on.ca

The Ontario College of Family Physicians website features an excellent series on “The Health Impacts of Urban Sprawl” covering air pollution, road fatalities, obesity and mental health issues.

www.activeliving.ca
The Coalition for Active Living is a national action group of more than 90 organizations committed to ensuring the environments in which we live, commute, work, learn and play support regular physical activity.

www.sprawlwatch.org

(USA) The Sprawl Watch Clearinghouse was launched in 1998. Its mission is to make the tools, techniques, and strategies developed to manage growth accessible to citizens, grassroots organizations, environmentalists, public officials, planners, architects, the media and business leaders. The Clearinghouse identifies, collects, compiles, and disseminates information on the best land use practices.

Planning and Design:

www.tc.gc.ca
This is Transport Canada’s website. Its mission is to develop and administer policies, regulations and services for the best transportation system for Canada and Canadians — one that is safe and secure, efficient, affordable, integrated and environmentally friendly.

www.cip-icu.ca

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) is a collaborative national federation that advances professional planning excellence through the delivery of membership and public services in Canada and abroad. It has been dedicated to the advancement of responsible planning throughout Canada since 1919.

www.ontarioplanners.on.ca
The Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) is the recognized voice of the province’s planning profession. Its 2,600 practicing planners work for government, private industry, agencies, and academic institutions. Members work in a wide variety of fields, including urban and rural community development, urban design, environment, transportation, health and social services, housing, and economic
development.

www.smartgrowth.ca
The Smart Growth Canada Network (SGCN) is a national organization founded in May 2003 to help advance the implementation of smart growth and sustainability principles across the country.

www.smartgrowth.bc.ca
Smart Growth BC is a provincial non-governmental organization devoted to fiscally, socially and environmentally responsible land use and development. Working with community groups, businesses, municipalities and the public, Smart Growth BC advocates for the creation of more livable communities in British Columbia.

www.cmhc.ca
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s website includes “Choosing a Neighbourhood with Sustainable Features” and other resources.

www.activelivingbydesign.org
(USA) Active Living by Design is a national program which establishes innovative approaches to increasing physical activity through community design, public policies and communications strategies. Active Living by Design funds community partnerships across the U.S. to demonstrate how changing community design will impact physical activity.

www.cnu.org
(USA) The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) is the leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl. CNU takes a proactive, multi-disciplinary approach to restoring communities. Members are the
life of the organization – they are the planners, developers, architects, engineers, public officials, investors, and community activists who create and influence our built environment, transforming growth patterns from the inside out.

www.activelivingresearch.org
(USA) Active Living Research is administered by San Diego State University. It is a $12.5-million national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation® (RWJF). It supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity. Findings from this research will be used to help inform policy,
design of the built environment and other factors which promote active living.