12th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival May 4-6 in Toronto

Photos by Michelle Jane from last year's How to Make the Danforth part of a Cycling City Walk. 
12th Annual Jane’s Walk Festival May 4-6

Everyday Torontonians lead free walking tours across the city

Thousands of Torontonians will convene in the streets all across the GTA from May 4-6, 2018, to participate in the Jane’s Walk Festival. Everyday Torontonians lead free walking tours for a city-wide event founded 12 years ago in honour of famous Toronto-transplant Jane Jacobs.

Jacobs was an urbanist, author, and activist who believed that the only people truly equipped to understand and make decisions about cities are everyday citizens who live, work, and play in them.

Jane’s Walks encourage people to exchange knowledge, stories and experiences. Anybody can lead a Jane’s Walk, even those new to the city, perhaps to share their story about navigating a new place.

Photo by Michelle Jane.

“By its nature, Jane’s Walks encourage collaboration and the sharing of power,” says Toronto festival coordinator Erin Kang. “When we think about who gets to contribute to decisions that shape our city, we often think of elected officials, planners, policy-makers, architects… we need to start a much wider breadth of people into the conversation of city-building. Jane’s Walks are one way of doing that.”

All Jane’s Walks are free and open to the public. No registration is required. A full schedule of Jane’s Walks is available at https://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/toronto-walk-listings/, or on the Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/janeswalkTO/. New Walks are being added daily.

 Here are a couple that are specifically bike-related: Beltline and Beyond led by Burns Wattie, Cycle Toronto Midtown and The French and English Forts of Toronto – Bicycle Tour led by David Juliusson, Fort York National Historic Site.

But most events are cycle-friendly; the Facebook event page for Jane’s Walk Toronto indicates which ones are good for bikes!
Jane Jacobs on a bike. Photo from the book "Genius of Common Sense." 


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