'This is an important step for Ottawa as we continue our commitment to make our city more walkable and pedestrian friendly', said Mayor Watson.
As part of its Transportation Master Plan, the City of Ottawa approved the adoption of a Pedestrian Plan, including a recommendation to adopt an Ottawa pedestrian charter that expresses the City's commitment to enabling, facilitating and promoting pedestrian activity and to develop walkable communities. The City is committed, through policies in both its Official Plan and Transportation Master Plan, to encourage travel choices and reduce dependence on the automobile by offering alternate travel modes.
'The International Charter for Walking will have a direct impact on the quality of life of the Ottawa population', said Transportation Committee Chair, Councillor Marianne Wilkinson. 'We are proud to be among the Cities of the world that have signed the International Charter for Walking. I invite the population of Ottawa to visit the site www.walk21.com and sign the Charter as individuals'.