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October 29, 2002
Toronto Pedestrian Charter unveiled at Council
  
The Toronto Pedestrian Charter was officially unveiled in the Council Chamber
today by Pedestrian Committee member Councillor Jane Pitfield (Ward 26, Don
Valley West) and internationally celebrated urbanist Jane Jacobs.

Adopted by City Council on May 21, the Toronto Pedestrian Charter outlines six
principles for building a vital urban pedestrian environment:
- accessibility
- equity
- health and well-being
- environmental sustainability
- personal and community safety, and
- community cohesion and vitality.

It is the first such pedestrian bill of rights in the world. The charter is
intended to serve as a reminder to decision-makers, both within the City and
the broader community, that walking should be valued for its social,
environmental and economic benefits.

"Walking is free, it's a good form of exercise, and it gets people interacting
with each other. Those are all great things for any community to have," said
Pitfield. "The Toronto Pedestrian Charter puts those messages into a list of
principles and Toronto City Council has declared its support for those
principles."

An electronic version of the Toronto Pedestrian Charter is available online at
http://www.toronto.ca/pedestrian.


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