On Thursday, May 3rd, Cape Bretoners are encouraged to take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk”. The 2nd annual Cape Breton Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore Whitney Pier’s neighbourhood with fresh eyes and curious mind.
Joining community building and active transportation, the Jane’s Walk is a wonderful way to connect with your community. This year, the Active Transportation Coalition of Cape Breton County (AcTraC) collaborated with the Whitney Pier Historical Society to bring new light to this historical community.
“We were really happy with the success of last year’s Jane’s Walk in downtown Sydney,” notes Claire MacLean, chair of AcTraC. “We are pleased to partner with the Whitney Pier Historical Society and hope to have another fun and engaging Jane’s Walk here in Cape Breton this year.”
The free Walk begins at the Whitney Pier Historical Society (88 Mt. Pleasant Street) at 6pm. The walk will be guided by members of the Society and will welcome questions, curiosity and fresh perspectives. The walk will weave through historical spaces, the new Whitney Pier Heritage Active Transportation Trail and more. The Walk wraps up with tea, coffee, treats and prizes!
The event is fun for the whole family and everyone is welcome. Jane’s Walks are as varied as the people taking part, and they create the time and space for people to connect, share, and develop ideas about where their communities and cities are at and where they are headed.
Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the free, volunteer-led urban walks have grown exponentially from 27 walks the first year to over 500 walks around the world – from Calgary to Canberra and Sao Paulo to Saskatoon – in over 75 cities and 16 countries. For more information, visit acapcb.ns.ca or janeswalk.net.