Hamilton is joining a growing number of other North American cities such as New York, Portland, Winnipeg, Ottawa and Barrie to "Open Streets" for pedestrians, cyclists and shoppers to enjoy all that the street has to offer on two Sundays in early summer and fall of 2010.
In March, a Hamilton Spectator article points to US studies that have "found associations between obesity and urban sprawl, suggesting that an increased dependency on cars decreases opportunities and motivation to walk". The article goes on to say that a new public health strategy is now "working with the municipality and schools to increase walkability, bike trails, active transportation and food policies" around the city.
This wonderful initiative is being supported by representatives from Environment Hamilton, Green Venture, Smart Commute Hamilton, along with individuals from Public Health and local residents associations of Beasley, North End and Strathcona neighbourhoods. Momentum has now started to gain among the businesses and communities along James St and beyond.
Posted by Ryan
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