CITY OF LIFE

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Paths For People

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City of Life 53.519633, -113.483170 City of Life City for Life 2018 is a public forum for unifying the voices of all Edmontonians on the importance of active transportation, encouraging citizens to engage in conversations and be inspired by worldwide leaders who are implementing active transportation initiatives within their communities. It will challenge the status-quo of what a livable and sustainable city is - and what Edmonton has the potential to become. It will energize citizens to demand walking and biking options to support lifestyle choices, to enhance the vibrancy of their communities, and to provide environmentally responsible options. City for Life will encourage community and civic leaders to take bold actions to advance the AT movement. The ultimate measure of success will be citizens choosing to walk or bike or take transit to get to the places they live, shop, work, learn, and play. Learn more.

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Paths For People advocates for safe, healthy, and connected communities by encouraging people to commute actively by walking and biking. Their work aligns with Edmonton’s Community Energy Transition Strategy goal of providing safe, enjoyable, and connected routes for active transportation to final destination or to public transit points. This reduces reliance on motorized vehicles and has the potential to directly reduce GHG emissions. Furthermore, traffic congestion is reduced, lessening idling and associated emissions. Paths For People supports reduced urban sprawl and improved livability by encouraging Edmontonians to comfortably walk, cycle, and use public transit to get to the places they live, shop, work, learn and play.

Designed on a collaborative model, City for Life will be a free public forum and a workshop of key community leaders. The forum engages the public to consider the benefits and possibilities of active transportation in Edmonton, the energization of public opinion, and a mechanism for like-minded people to connect. The workshop will unite leaders across disciplines to build relationships, exchange ideas, identify and prioritize key opportunities and initiatives, and commit to active transportation as a key priority.

The inaugural City for Life in 2016 with urbanist Gil Penalosa as the keynote speaker, resulted in an engaged public body willing to support change initiatives, and a focused and determined core leadership group enthusiastic about identifying and changing Edmonton’s streets to improve AT options. The minimum grid of protected downtown bike-lanes, incubated at that event and now scheduled for summer 2017 implementation, clearly demonstrates the potential effectiveness of City for Life’s reach.

To build on the momentum of the first event and to extend impact, this follow-up City for Life will occur in 2018 with the intent that it will become a biennial happening. The theme will be to motivate and expedite meaningful change. The keynote speaker will be selected to spark public enthusiasm and to offer relevant leadership, supported by specific successes, for motivating action. Workshop focus will include new idea generation and levering current programs including Building Great Neighbourhoods and Main Streets.