Brantford to Host Inaugural Jane’s Walk in Shellard Lane 

For Immediate Release
5/3/2016 
Contact: Maria Visocchi, Manager Corporate Communications 
Phone: 519.759.4150 

BRANTFORD - Jane's Walks are an annual series of free, volunteer-led walks that honour the urban thinker Jane Jacobs and her idea that cities can provide something for everybody when the community is an integral part of the planning process. Jacobs believed in “walkable” neighbourhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned for and by people. That is, for a city to work, the people who live there must be involved in decisions about how the city grows and operates.  The walks are free, locally organized tours, in which people gather to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods.

This year, Brantford will join a growing list of municipalities who promote and encourage participation in Jane’s walks each year. Organizers from Shellard’s Lane Neighbourhood have coordinated a Jane’s Walk in their community on Saturday May 7th from 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. beginning at the soccer field adjacent to Oak Hill Drive. Famed Brantford historian Zig Misiak will lead the walk, providing a fascinating journey through time along the river from Oakhill Dr. to the base of Spalding Park. (Rain date Sunday May 8th at 1:00 pm).

Shellard Lane is an ideal choice for the inaugural Jane’s Walk in Brantford as the neighbourhood conversion has recently been featured in “Complete Street Transformations in the Greater Golden Horseshoe”, a book highlighting nine projects from municipalities throughout the region which involved redesigning streets to make more space for one or more of pedestrians, cyclists, or transit riders – a concept that is consistent with Jane Jacobs’ ideas to improve walkability in urban centres.

The Shellard Lane feature profiles how the neighbourhood conversion is the product of a proactive move to integrate infrastructure for cyclists and pedestrians into the right of way of
an existing street that is the backbone of new and continuing residential development. The expansion of the City’s cycling and walking networks has been identified as a core strategy of the City’s Transportation Master Plan.

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Media Contact:

Maria Visocchi
Manager, Corporate Communications
City of Brantford
Brantford, Ontario
Office: 519.759.4150 Ext. 5754 | Cell: 519.732.9305
Email mvisocchi@brantford.ca