Walk Audit 101
Sidewalks designed for cars rather than pedestrians. The wavy surface makes it harder to walk over, and is more dangerous when icy.
On this walk, John will talk about the pedestrian's experience on walking routes and crossings and how to evaluate the walkability of street and intersection design. We will walk along Rideau St and adjacent streets to examine examples of good and bad features related to "walkability." We will compare and contrast Rideau and York Streets with respect to walkability, and we'll consider whether and how pedestrian shortcuts might contribute to traffic calming plans.
We will also review methods used by Walk Ottawa, the Council on Aging, and Ecology Ottawa to gather input on pedestrian needs and experience. As a participant, you will learn about how to get City action on pedestrian deficiencies and how to organize a walkability audit process for your neighbourhood.