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Jane's Walk 2016

Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 
Jane's Walk gives us all a chance to find out more about our city.  The walks are given by volunteers and are free to attend. 

Is there something about Ottawa that is important to you? Consider leading a walk to share it with your neighbours. If you would like to lead a walk, click on Submit a Walk.  

Jane's Talk:  Friday, May 6.   6:30 pm

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Do you feel powerless to influence the evolution of your city and community?  OUR SPACE is about taking back control.  Find out how an entrepreneur rallied community investors to overcome a multi-million-dollar hurdle to save a community institution.  Discover how activists are using technology and elbow grease to create places for people. 

There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city.  People make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.  — Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

Event details:  
Date:  Friday, May 6, 2016
Time:  6:30 pm (doors open at 6:00)
Place:  allsaints, 10 Blackburn Ave (south of Laurier)
Light refreshments will be served.
Admission is free, but please RSVP.  Click here to reserve your place. 


The Movement for Safer, More Livable Streets

Here's an excellent warm-up for Jane's Walk:  
Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City and co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, will be in Ottawa to talk about how her efforts to re-imagine public spaces helped transform the streets New York – one of the world's greatest, toughest cities – into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

As Transportation Commissioner, Sadik-Khan implemented an ambitious program to improve street safety, mobility, and sustainability throughout New York City. To help Ottawa accelerate our own urban revolution for people-centred street design, Sadik-Khan will share tips on how to rethink, reinvigorate, and redesign our city for safer, more livable streets. Her book Streetfight will be available for purchase and signing.
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Event details:    
Date:  Wednesday, April 27
Time:  Reception:  6:00 pm,
            Talk            7:00 pm
Place:  Aberdeen Pavilion, Landsdowne Park      Note change of venue!!
            1000 Exhibition Way

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.  Click here to reserve your ticket. 


What is Jane's Walk?

Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.  more

"No one can find out what will work for our cities by looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.

"Une ville, c'est plus que des pierres, des rues, des édifices. C'est des gens qu'on aime et la vie qu'on y mène.  
[A city is more than stones, streets, buildings.  It's the people we love and the life we ​​lead there.]"
— Christian Larsen, Le Droit, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.


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Thank you to all our supporters!

Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: