Open Streets brought pedal-powered stereo and bubbles... and the band!

Time is on Our Side

My mother enjoys responding to certain situations by quoting pithy sayings that capture folk wisdom in neat little proverbs. There were few occasions she didn’t have one of these gems to send my way. Here are a few examples: *busting into my bedroom at 8 am on a Saturday morning – “wakey wakey! Remember, the […]

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The Active Neighbour Series: Episode 3 – Matt Heller

How do Calgarians get around, what barriers get in their way, and what opens the flood gates to let them explore? In this series you will meet fellow Calgarians and learn about their experiences using active transportation in our city. How do they get around – is it fun or infuriating? Easy or challenging? The […]

Five Fast Facts – How Active Transportation Contributes to Good Health

1. People are less likely to be injured in areas with calm traffic    Image retrieved from http://www.bikecalgary.org/node/3959 Pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and children are less likely to be injured when communities and roads are built with ways to calm traffic, including: speed bumps lower speed limits traffic circles raised medians And, as more people feel […]

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What is health equity?

WHAT IS HEALTH EQUITY?  I grew up in north-west Calgary, close enough to my elementary school to walk and bike there every day. Despite this, my community was a typical suburban Calgary development – no sidewalks, no reasonable transit access, and the closest grocery store was an hour walk away.  Not exactly walkable.  After I […]

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Acadia Pop Rocks – August 19, 2017, 10AM-4PM

You’re invited! The parking lot at 430 Acadia Dr SW is being turned into an outdoor living room on August 19, 2017, from 10AM-4PM – coinciding with the Acadia Parade of Garage Sales. Featuring new, designed-for-Acadia furniture, espresso, a pop-up bookstore, bocce ball, ping pong, board games, arts & crafts, complimentary snacks, and simple traffic calming along Acadia Drive. […]

Surplus School Sites

Surplus School Sites – an evolving ideology for diversification?

Reflecting on my formative years growing up in the ‘60’s across the street from an elementary school, I watched the school property change as community values evolved. The driver was evolving ideologies around land use, mobility and public places in my community. Across the street and the nation perceptions of ‘safe place’ were gradually changing. […]

Review of Calgary's new cycle tracks

Review of Calgary’s New Cycle Tracks

By Kate Beck Calgary’s new cycle tracks through the downtown core have been a major topic of discussion this summer. There have been many positive reviews, some mixed reviews, and some negative reviews, so I decided to go check the new cycle tracks out for myself. Like we’ve done in the past with some of […]

Six Fast Facts – What Kids Need in Cities

In recent decades, our cities and our ideas around childhood and parenting have changed a lot, however, one of the most significant changes is that children are disappearing from our cities’ public places and outdoor spaces. 1) Kids Need Cities They can Explore On Their Own This article, mentions Free-Range Parenting, a type of parenting […]