June is Active Transportation month in Nova Scotia and The Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) Cape Breton and Velo Cape Breton have two events this week to encourage Cape Bretoners to consider alternative means to getting around.
On Thursday, June 16, at 6 pm, ACAP Cape Breton hosts Step Out in Downtown Sydney: Cape Breton’s First Jane’s Walk. This free event promotes active transportation and focus on the hidden gems of Sydney’s downtown.
The Walk begins at ACAP CB’s Centre for Sustainable Communities (corner of George and Townsend Streets, Sydney) and proceeds through Downtown Sydney and highlights the many interesting and exciting spots often overlooked when traveling by car. There will be snacks, door prizes and childrens’ activities.
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Jacobs was an American-born Canadian writer and activist with a primary interest in communities and urban planning and decay. She is best known for The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), and The Dark Age Ahead (2004), the print version of her Massey Lecture series. Death and Life gained influence as a critique of the urban renewal policies of the 1950s in the United States.
Jacobs once said, “No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at our cites [various] models….You’ve got to get out and walk”.
Cyclists with vehicles in need of a minor tune-up or just wondering if that old bike in the garage is safe to take out on the road will want to go to Velo Cape Breton’s free clinic on Saturday June 18, from 1 pm to 4 pm at the Downtown Sydney Farmers Market at the old Aliant parking lot on the corner of Pitt and George.
Bicycle owners can their bikes there for minor repairs and for advice on how to keep their machines in good working order.
Active Transportation Month is sponsored by the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation, Ecology Action Centre and Nova Scotia Bikeways Coalition.