NEWS: 2010 Jane’s Walk Bigger than Ever

By Think City Staff

Think City hosted Vancouver’s third annual Jane’s Walk on the weekend of May 1 and 2. Already over 1,400 people signed up for over 40 walks, increases of almost 50 per cent over the 2009 Jane’s Walks.

“We have experienced overwhelming enthusiasm from participants in years past and that is definitely reflected in this year’s sign-ups. We have doubled the participation and for the first time are bringing Jane’s Walks to Surrey and UBC and more neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver,” said Think City board member and chair of Jane’s Walk Metro Vancouver Kim Fleming.

Another new development this year was the introduction of three Jane’s Rides. These guided bicycle tours covered a larger area than the Jane’s Walks and provided a two-wheeled perspective on city living.

“People definitely want to get out and re-discover their neighbourhoods, and Think City is happy to facilitate these walking and bicycle tours throughout Metro Vancouver," said Fleming. “Jane’s Walk is about providing a fun and informative way for residents to engage with the many rich stories of the people, nature, history, and culture."

Some notable walks held this year include:

  • Bruce Macdonald’s Kitsilano’s Earliest History and Homes, a tour of century-old houses in Kitsilano;
  • Tracey Mann's Alphabet Walk in Mount Pleasant, a fun-filled learning adventure for families with children under seven;
  • Steve Chitty’s Crescent Beach Circuit Tour in South Surrey, which explores the waterfront promenade, Blackie Spit and the old oyster farm;
  • Adam Cooper’s UBC Jane’s Ride – Challenges and Achievements, a bicycle tour that looks at facilities for transit and cycling, as well as development proposals at UBC.
  • Michelle Ng’s Network Over Good Food, a walking tour of some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés;
  • Michael Barnholden’s Magnetic North/True North – First Surveys, an exploration of Vancouver’s earliest neighbourhoods;
  • Judy Williams’ Wreck Beach – Walk on the Wild Side, a look at the flora, fauna, geology, ethnographic and cultural history of the storied beach; and
  • Bryan Newson’s Public Art in Vancouver, a walking tour of contemporary public art installations in downtown Vancouver.

The goal of Jane’s Walk is to raise urban literacy and build strong, connected communities by offering a pedestrian-focused event that combines insights into civic history, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing.

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