The Walk Metro Vancouver Society was registered in 2010. The Board includes directors from several “walks” at universities, health agencies, regional and municipal governments and consultancies. We are registered and function as a non-profit society in British Columbia and focus on championing accessible walkability in Metro Vancouver.
We originally formed to host the International Walk 21 Conference at Simon Fraser University in 2011. From that time we’ve continued to educate, promote and maintains active links with ongoing work in the region.
You can browse through our originally written articles, and read about seminars and walking initiatives around the globe at our website http://walkmetrovan.ca .
Every year we focus on one theme to highlight in promoting walkability. In the past we have focussed on pedestrian advocacy for seniors. In 2016-2017 we supported the very successful Walk and Be Seen Project for Seniors.
Lynn Shepherd ,Sabina Harpe and Dalia Faircloth presented their findings from the Walk and Be Seen Project at the 2017 Walk21 Conference in Calgary. They continue to mentor in making walking safer, more comfortable and convenient for seniors.
For 2018 to 2019 and for 2020 we have focussed on the vital connection between walkability and mental health.
During the Covid pandemic the need for safe, comfortable and convenient access to places that everyone can walk or roll has been highlighted.
The board has continued to explore the walking and mental health connection, and how that reinforces resilient and sustainable communities. Some people call the ability to walk or roll to schools, shops and services within a ten minute walk “a ten minute city”.
We call it the way forward for more connected sociable places that are built upon the tenet of universal walkability, accessible to everyone no matter what your ability.
Keep checking our website for our own original content and editorials on walkable places and spaces, as well as notices of special events of interest.
You can reach us the following ways:
Our society email is
walkmetrovan at gmail.com
You can also call the managing director Sandy James
at Six Zero Four 719-9412.