4th Annual Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit
Are you a downtown business person, who wants to discover the economic potential of pedestrian and cycle friendly communities? Or a town planner, or staff person, wanting to learn best practice techniques for building a healthier town? Maybe you're a resident that wants to be able to get around your community more easily and safely, on foot or on a bike. Come learn about simple concepts that make towns healthier, more vibrant, and stronger economically.
Join us at the Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Summit!
This summit will offer valued learning opportunities for Eastern Ontario communities to focus on the topic of “Building Healthy Active Communities”.
Eleanor McMahon (MPP), Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport will be joining us at the event providing inspiration and advice. Eleanor has worked in senior roles in business, government and the not-for-profit sector and is the founder of the Share the Road Cycling Coalition. She spent the early part of her career on Parliament Hill where she held a number of positions, including Press Secretary to the Right Honourable Jean Chrétien.
We are collaborating with Share the Road to provide a - “Bicycle Friendly Communities Designation Workshop” on June 1, 2017. This hands-on workshop will provide tangible ideas for how to achieve or elevate your current bicycle friendly community designation with local infrastructure in mind.
We will be having the ever popular Mayor's Slow Bike Race, where Mayor's or their designates race as slowly as they can on their bicycles without putting a foot to the ground or falling over, to the finish line. The winner will earn the coveted position of the Mayor’s Sow Bike Race Champion.
The summit will provide success stories about making communities more walkable and bikeable through trails, sidewalks, parks and pathways. We have an excellent list of presenters who will share ideas, resources, expertise, successes and struggles implementing active transportation in our eastern Ontario region.
We are also launching the new “Eastern Ontario Active Transportation Network” where we can stay connected, learn and share ideas and resources as we all move forward within our respective communities for the common goal of “Active Transportation”. Come and join the network as we work together to grow our impact on active transportation in eastern Ontario.
Transport Canada Defines Active Transportation
“Active transportation refers to all human-powered forms of transportation, in particular walking and cycling. It includes the use of mobility aids such as wheel chairs, and can also encompass other active transport variations such as in-line skating, skateboarding, cross-country skiing, and even kayaking. Active transportation can also be combined with other modes, such as public transit.”
Active transportation is about how we plan, design and use our communities. It is about creating safe and active communities where children can walk and bike, youth are engaged; seniors walk to their neighbours, trails and pathways that connect us to natural spaces and community destinations. It is about strong economies, tourism, our environment and our wellbeing.
"Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works."- Steve Jobs
Our organizing committee include members from the town of Carleton Place, Carleton Place Economic Development Committee, the Healthy Communities Partnership, Leeds Grenville and Lanark District Health Unit, Mills Community Support, the Mississippi Mills Bicycle Month, and Share the Road.
To learn more about the presenters have a look at our presentation outlines and bios Coming Soon! Registration will be available soon on this website. Register early to get your preferred workshop selections. Deadline for registration is May 23, 2017.
This year's event will take place in the beautiful town of Carleton Place. The event is being held at the Carleton Place Arena. While you are in town explore the beautiful shops, great food and facilities around including beautiful trails and parks.