Walking is the simplest and most affordable form of transportation. Walking has a profound influence on our sense of happiness, and our connection to both our community, and our natural environment. There is nothing more liberating that walking out your front door, free of seat belts, gas tanks, helmets, flat tires, bus fares and all the distractions of other forms of transportation.
Everyone benefits from enhanced pedestrian infrastructure
Even if you use a vehicle to get around town, you still rely on pedestrian networks to get from your vehicle to your final destination. Even if you are challenged with mobility and unable to walk, sidewalks are critical to movement of mobility devices. The whole community benefits from better pedestrian infrastructure.
“In great cities, spaces as well as places are designed and built: walking, witnessing, being in public, are as much part of the design and purpose as is being inside to eat, sleep, makes shoes or love or music. The word citizen has to do with cities, and the ideal city is organized around citizenship — around participation in public life.”
– Rebecca Solnit, Wanderlust: A History of Walking
We are a winter city
Special care and investment is required to keep sidewalks safe. We need regular maintenance to keep them clear of snow and ice, and proper lighting to provide security in the dark of night.
The sustainable annual investment required to maintain good sidewalk networks in Prince George has been identified as $1 million. This year, for the first time ever, City Council achieved that investment goal. As your City Council, I will work ensure that we maintain that investment level each year.
Don’t just take my word for it! See what others in Prince George have to say about the impacts of local sidewalk investments
If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of walking in our society, considering watching this informative 30 minute documentary: The Walking Revolution