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, we will explore 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 plan to align 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 will target north central Hamilton, in the area straddling the Keith and Landsdale neighbourhoods.

Our goal, by project end, is 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. It will include a collectively developed strategy to address community needs and work together to pursue policy and infrastructure solutions.

Note: Our project promotes transportation justice since targeted pilot neighbourhoods include residents who depend on active transportation to move around. We are also focusing efforts on women, seniors, and young people, as these groups are grossly under-represented in the sustainable transportation conversation.

This year-long pilot project is made possible by the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.