From May 5th to 7th, we’re inviting you to lead a free Jane’s Walk in the area you live, work or play to discuss matters important to you. Come one, come all — anyone can lead a walking tour!
Through the simple act of walking in a group and chatting about your neighbourhood, Jane’s Walks integrate people into strong and resourceful communities. The globally celebrated festival is inspired by urbanist and author, Jane Jacobs, who believed in walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned by, and for the people.
Since a Jane’s Walk is meant to be a ‘walking conversation’ about neighbourhoods and how people use cities, the choice of conversation and the places you choose to visit are really up to you! Past tours have highlighted everything from community gardens and public art works to archeological sites and historic homes.
Here are a few simple steps to get you started:
- Choose a topic of discussion
- Plan out your walking route
- Enter your walk on janeswalk.org
- Spread the word to your social network
Walks typically run for 1.5 hours with anywhere from 6 to 10 stops along the way. When planning your walk, keep accessibility in mind, such as transit, public washrooms and parking. The Janeswalk.org site has a number of walking tips to help you plan your walk.