Thursday, November 09, 2006

Workshop with Dan Burden of Walkable Communities

The City of Hamilton is conducting a Pedestrian Workshop to assist in the implementation of a new Transportation Master Plan for the City. Designed to guide Hamilton’s transportation network over the next 30 years, the Master Plan focuses on a balanced transportation network with transportation service for all users – pedestrians, cyclists, transit, vehicles and goods movement. The Pedestrian Workshop is designed to begin the discussion on urban change with an aim to preserve Hamilton’s unique physical and cultural attributes and strengthen the vitality and accessibility of the community.

The purpose of the Hamilton Pedestrian Workshop is to identify potential community improvement projects and initiatives, and to outline next steps in achieving a more walkable city, including moving towards establishing a pedestrian charter committee. To this end, the City of Hamilton has retained Mr. Dan Burden, the Director of Walkable Communities, as the workshop’s keynote speaker. Dan’s philosophy embraces “walkability as the cornerstone and key to an urban area's efficient ground transportation… leading to conserving resources (both natural and economic) and increased social interaction.” Dan’s presentation is intended to stimulate rich community input, feedback and participation.

You are invited to attend our Pedestrian Workshop. The workshop will have two connected segments: The first segment (3:00-5:30) will define participants’ shared pedestrian vision and values; and the second segment (7:00-9:30) will identify priority projects that would realize the identified vision and values. Dinner will be provided during the time between the two segments (from 5:30-7:00). Please RSVP for the event with Donnett Riley, City of Hamilton, at (905) 546-2424, x2383. We ask that you indicate if you will attend the afternoon session, the evening session (or both) as well as whether you will join us for dinner.

Details are as follows:

Date: Monday, November 20, 2006
Locations: Hamilton Convention Centre
1 Summers LaneHamilton, Ontario
Time: 3:00 pm to 9:30 pm

The consultant team will have on hand maps of Hamilton. Participants are encouraged to bring any materials which they would like the project team to have, or which represent ideas or concepts they wish to convey.

Should you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact:

Mary Lou Tanner, MCIP, RPP Manager
Strategic & Environment Planning
Capital Planning & Implementation Division
Public Works Department
City of Hamilton

Phone: 905-546-2424, x5101
Susan Mintz, Project Manager
Urban Strategies, Inc.
197 Spadina Avenue, Suite 600
Toronto, Ontario
M5t 2C8

Phone: 416-340-9004 x212

We hope that you will participate in this important event. We look forward to working together on this exciting project and thank you for your cooperation and assistance.


Mary Lou Tanner, MCIP, RPP
Manager, Strategic and Environmental Planning

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