Halton Hills Pedestrian Charter
The International Charter for Walking is focused on creating healthy, efficient and sustainable communities where people choose to walk. It identifies a set of principles which ensures that walking is a safe, healthy and convenient form of urban travel. These principles are consistent with Active Halton's Blueprint for Action
Many communities around the world are adopting walking or pedestrian charters to support their initiatives and policies and encourage walking since the International Charter was first introduced in 1999.
In May 2002, the City of Toronto adopted the first Pedestrian Charter in North America. In it “pedestrian” is defined as: “A person moving from place to place, either by foot or by using an assistive mobility device.” This is also the definition adopted for The Region of Waterloo's Pedestrian Charter signed in 2004.
Active Halton (formerly the Halton Active Living Network – HALNet) together with the four Halton municipalities and the Region of Halton determined that a Pedestrian Charter for Halton should be best established at the local level. This was seen as being consistent with the Town of Halton Hill's “Have Fun Get Into It” campaign as well as the related strategy. Working with the Region of Halton's Health Department, Oakville, Burlington, Milton and the Town of Halton Hills, Active Halton's Steering Committee is recommending that each Town Council endorse the Pedestrian Charter
This past June, Town Council endorsed a Pedestrian Charter for Halton Hills aligning with the other municipalities in Halton Region. The Charter encourages a walking culture in all parts of town. It speaks to a vision of a walkable community and addresses values related to safety, the environment, landuse planning and quality of life. The charter's endorsement is a big step in the right direction for supporting active, livable Halton H ills! Speaking of walking, do you have a copy of the new Halton Hills Trails map yet? Pick one up at Town facilities or via online at www.haltonhills.ca/trails