This week, Sustainable Cities International is engaging young people in the development of the Comox-Helmcken Greenway in Downtown Vancouver. The proposed active transportation route will link Stanley Park to False Creek through the West End and Yaletown neighbourhoods. The greenway is proposed to run adjacent to the three elementary schools in Downtown Vancouver and is very close to the Secondary School. The project could play an important role in encouraging children’s independent mobility, along with having a host of other environmental and social benefits.
In partnership with staff from the City of Vancouver, SCI has designed different workshops for grades 1-3, grades 4-7 and grades 8-12. There is also a modified workshop being conducted with English as a second language students. Using a variety of engagement tools, youth are being asked what features would encourage them to walk, cycle, skate or scoot to school and what concerns they would have about safety and comfort.
The results of these workshops will form part of the broader community engagement that the City of Vancouver has conducted to date and will feed directly into the design of the greenway.
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