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October 2, 2008
Toronto Walking Festival highlights walking events across city
Mayor David Miller is encouraging Toronto residents to put on their walking shoes as part of the Toronto Walking Festival - a series of events and activities that celebrate walking in the city.

The Toronto Walking Festival is a program aimed at promoting the many benefits of walking by highlighting a number of walking-related activities.

“A walkable city is a healthy, safe and vibrant city. Walking helps us reduce our dependency on the automobile and improves the air we breathe,” said Mayor Miller, who helped kick off the festival today. “When we walk, we improve our overall level of fitness, reduce the risk of disease and feel more energetic.”

A group of residents took to the streets of Toronto today to see the various City programs that either feature walking or enhance the pedestrian experience. These programs include the pedestrian scramble intersection at Yonge and Dundas Streets, Discovery Walks, the City’s new coordinated street furniture, the WalkIntoHealth Program, Power of Movement and the Live Green Initiative.

“Improvements to our walking environment can have significant community benefits,” said Councillor Bill Saundercook, Chair of the City’s Pedestrian Committee. “It allows for safe mobility for people of all ages, abilities and economic means, and improves integration with other sustainable modes of transportation.”

To promote walking, the City has developed a Walking Festival Calendar that highlights the various walking activities that will take place across the city for the month of October. The calendar is available at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Steve Johnston, Sr. Communications Co-ordinator, 416-392-4391,



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