Montreal, June 3, 2010 – The first Canadian conference on active transportation, On the move in the community!
, will be held today. Organized by Vélo Québec Association, On the Move in the Community will be bringing together some 240 people committed to promoting and developing active transportation, including professionals from the planning, development, transportation, municipal, public health and education sectors, community representatives, academics and consultants.
Some 40 local and international speakers and specialists will be presenting winning formulas that have proven successful in active transportation awareness campaigns and cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly urban planning endeavours. The conference will be followed tomorrow by a series of practical workshops at various sites around the city.
Highlights of On the Move in Community include a talk by Paul Osborne, Project Director of the Safe Routes to Schools program, which has transformed the school travel habits of thousands of young people in the United Kingdom. Also featured is a presentation by Danish architect Kristian S. Villadsen, an authority in people-oriented urban design in Nordic cities. Catherine Zaccaria, Coordinator of the Pedibus program in Lausanne, Switzerland, will present an ambitious initiative that has prompted thousands of students to use active transportation to get to and from school. Experts from a variety of Canadian cities will also contribute to the presentations and panels, sharing information on ideas that have worked across the country. One of the panels will tackle the issues and achievements associated with active transportation solutions in areas outside major cities.
Vélo Québec: For cyclists and pedestrians
For the past 43 years, Vélo Québec has been best known for its efforts to promote cycling as a recreational pursuit and tourist activity, through such initiatives as the Quebec-wide network of bikeways known as the Route verte. But since 2004 it has also been a leader in the field of active transportation. Vélo Québec's On the Move to School program aims to reduce dependence on the automobile in the daily commute to and from school. The On the Move in the Community initiative calls on municipalities to commit to planning and developing cyclist- and pedestrian-friendly environments.
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Vélo Québec Association
Public Relations Director, Vélo Québec
514-521-8356, ext. 348
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