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Imagine a More Walkable Thunder Bay!

Walk ON! Thunder Bay!

Share your ideas and speak up for walkable neighbourhoods.
A FREE interactive event!
Everyone welcome!

Walk ON! Forum
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Thunder Bay Metis Community Centre
226 May St. South (Arthur & May)

Free event! Includes a light supper and door prizes.

World-renowned speaker Michael Haynes will:
· inspire us with successes from other cities
· help us move ideas into action.

Registration Required.
Click here to register or call 624-2141.

Download the poster here.

Brought to you by Thunder Bay’s Walkability Committee.
Funded by the Province of Ontario.

Thunder Bay Transit directions: Take bus #1, #2, #3, #3N, #3A, #8 or #12 to City Hall Terminal. Walk half a block south on May Street South. The venue is on the left.


Walk ON! Forum Details 

Michael Haynes is a world-renowned speaker who has helped communities like Thunder Bay become more walkable. He will present the following topics and include lots of small group work. It will be very exciting!

· Why is walkability important?

· What makes a community walkable?

· How walkable is Thunder Bay?

· What needs to be done to make Thunder Bay more walkable and how do we make that happen?

Michael Haynes is the Director of TransActive Solutions, a company dedicated to assisting Canadian communities become more walkable, bikeable, and friendly to human-powered modes of travel. He is the former National Active Transportation Coordinator for Go for Green and Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Trails Federation. He came to Thunder Bay in 2007 to help us envision our Active Transportation Master Plan.

Michael is also an enthusiastic outdoor-person, the author of Hiking Trails of Nova Scotia,  Hiking Trails of Cape Breton, and a regular contributor to CBC Ottawa’s In Town and Out radio program.




Imagine a More Walkable Thunder Bay!

Thunder Bay is joining other Ontario cities in rethinking street design.  We are making it easier and safer for people to walk and bike to where they need to go.

What is a walkable city?

The benefits of a walkable city

Let's build a more walkable Thunder Bay!


What is a walkable city?

A walkable city has more than sidewalks!  It has:

  • “Complete streets” with crosswalks, slower traffic, bus stops, bike racks, good lighting, greenery and sidewalks
  • Trees, shade, places to sit and public art
  • Connections between streets, trails, sidewalks and walkways
  • Shops and services built close to where people live



Walkable cities are the best places to live, work, play and do business!

There are many benefits to a walkable Thunder Bay.   

  • Neighbourhoods are safer because more people walking means more “eyes on the street.”
  • Our city is inclusive and accessible for all.
  • Neighbours get to know each other better.
  • The city is more attractive to new businesses, tourists and residents.
  • People are safer from traffic.
  • People are more active, healthier and happier.
  • Fewer cars mean cleaner air and less noise.
  • Residential property values increase.
  • Business thrives on walkable streets in downtown areas. 



Let’s build a more walkable Thunder Bay!

Think about the places you walk. What makes some streets great places to walk? What’s needed on other streets to make them safer and more enjoyable?

Here's how you can get involved:

  • Help advocate for more complete streets. Take a walk and rate our city streets using the Walk-Friendly Checklist. Download a PDF of the checklist. Then, enter your opinions online! 
  • Take part in city planning consultations.
  • Talk it up with people you know.
  • Let city councillors and other decision makers know you support walkable community design.
  • Join the Active Transportation Thunder Bay Facebook page at
  • Support the efforts of Thunder Bay’s Walkability committee.

Cities built for cars get more people driving.
Cities built for pedestrians and cyclists get more people walking and cycling.



Rate Our City Street

Help advocate for
more complete streets!
Download the
Walkability Checklist

Then, enter your
opinions online!









































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Last Updated: 4/9/2014

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