walking is good

These are some quick, very brief notes from the opening plenary of the WALK21 Conference in Toronto, Oct 2 2007.

Councillor Bill Saundercook, City of Toronto
Toronto sees walking as a key piece of their climate change strategy. It’s also healthy, creates vitality, and is good for the economy.

A walkable city is a happy city.

A walkable city is welcoming to both visitors and residents – it’s good for tourism.

Rodney Tolley, Walk21 Director
“Champions of healthy sustainable, efficient communities… walkers are the indicators of quality of life.”

Gary Welsh, General Manager of Transportation for Toronto
Reorganize sidewalks so pedestrians get priority.

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