A Kimberley doctor wants the City to put its best foot forward when planning the future of the community.
Ilona Hale with the Healthy Kimberley society is asking City Council to sign an international walkability charter.
She says the charter promotes the needs of pedestrians when considering developments.
“Its a way of putting in writing a formal commitment to making sure all the decisions they make in the city regarding roads and programming takes into consideration making sure our community is a walkable community,” Hale says.
Hale says the document could also help with securing grants for projects around health and physical activity.
“If funders are working at helping the city do some trail enhancement or something, they’re often looking for a city with a demonstrated commitment to walkability,” Hale says.
She says walking is the easiest exercise for all residents and should be encouraged locally.
The charter encourages cities to design streets for pedestrians and not just vehicles.
It also suggests creating car-free environments and fully accessible green spaces and waterways.
(Photo from Kimberley Nature Park website.)
– Doctor Ilona Hale, Healthy Kimberley Society