Pedestrian Charter Steering Committee
Who We Are
We are a citizens' group. We encourage and monitor the implementation of the Pedestrian Charter in the local municipalities in Waterloo Region.
Our activities include reviewing regional and municipal policies, advocating for pedestrians in the media, and making public presentations to municipal councillors, staff and relevant community organizations.
What Is a Pedestrian Charter?
The Pedestrian Charter is a set of principles about the value of walking.
Click here to read the full Pedestrian Charter as adopted in Waterloo Region.
Why Have a Pedestrian Charter?
Municipalities with a Pedestrian Charter know that walking is important for health and the environment. The charter helps city and regional councils, staff, and citizens think about how to encourage walking. The charter calls for infrastructure and policies that support walking.
Who Has Adopted the Pedestrian Charter?
In 2005, the Region of Waterloo, the City of Kitchener and the City of Cambridge adopted the Pedestrian Charter. In 2008, the City of Waterloo adopted a customized version of the Pedestrian Charter.
Why Does Walking Matter?
Many people rely on walking to get around. Even many car and transit trips begin and end by walking. A walkable city is safer and makes it easier for people to walk more. And the more people walk, the healthier they are - and the cleaner our air is. Walking is also an important option for people who can't afford a car.
How Can We Help?
Please contact us for help with a pedestrian issue in your community, for walkability resources, or to find out more about the Pedestrian Charter.