Réseau Quartiers verts/Active Neighborhoods Canada

                                                              

Réseau Quartiers verts/Active Neighborhoods Canada

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Solution proposed by: 
Montreal Urban Ecology Centre (MUEC), The Toronto Centre for Active Transportation (TCAT) and Sustainable Calgary Society (SCS)
In a Nutshell: 
A network of communities using participatory urban planning - that is to say planning the city with and for its citizens - to build green, active and healthy neighbourhoods. This network works together to multiply communities more adapted to pediastrian and cycling. The long-term goal of the initiative is to rethink urban planning in order to make it favorable to active transportation, with particular attention to youth movements.
Where and When: 
Bridgeland (Alberta, Canada), Thorncliffe (Ontario, Canada), Rosemont-la-Petite_Patrie (Quebec, Canada), Laval (Quebec, Canada) between 2013 and 2017
Challenges: 
Active neighborhoods are designed collectively. They aim to create quality urban life, and in doing so foster community linkages, encourage a connection with natural systems and allow citizens to develop a sense of belonging to their living environment.
Innovation: 
The participatory approach of the project allows to rethink the city another way by putting the sustainable mobility and the appropriation of neighborhoods by the citizens at the heart of the initiative. Since citizens are in the neighborhood every day, they can provide observations and knowledge that are different from experts, thereby enriching the analysis. This initiative wants to emphasize the public place; it includes at the same time elements concerning the physical development, the well-being, the social cohesion as well as the process of planning and decision-making. It can be displayed everywhere.
Concept: 
The project partners are working with 12 communities (citizens, organizations and other groups) that were selected according to certain criteria. These communities, located in Quebec, Ontario and Alberta, will act as levers to ensure that examples of participatory planning best practices and pedestrian and cyclist-friendly developments continue to increase across Canada
Description: 
1.Promote best practices of participatory planning. 2. Identify and promote neighborhood developments that favors walking and cycling. 3. Influence professional practices and standards related to urban planning and development. 4. Develop expertise in urban planning and development with a Canada-wide community of practice
Impacts: 
More neighborhoods that celebrate the active use of shared public space — roads and parks — by all users. A change in the professional practices and public policies in favor of urban planning that focus on active transportation

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