Kirkendall Walks:Shrinking Kirkendall's Footprint.
The average North American car makes 2,000 trips a year that are shorter than about three km. Half of Hamilton’s current car trips are less than five km according to the Transportation Tomorrow Survey.
Replacing those short distance trips with walking, cycling or transit is a significant way of reducing greenhouse gas emissions. It’s also a great way to improve our health and our communities. Since car trips account for half of the personal GHG emissions in Canada, we are encouraging people to drive 10 percent less, reducing there carbon footprint by 0.2 to 0.8 tonnes per year.
Kirkendall Walks was a pilot project undertaken by Environment Hamilton in 2008-09 to evaluate and enhance transportation alternatives in one local neighbourhood and help its residents replace car trips with more sustainable options that also strengthen their community. The project was funded by the EcoAction program of Environment Canada.
Thanks to the following stakeholders who helped make this project a reality: City Of Hamilton, Public Health,Public Works-Altenative Transportation, and GIS Services. Also McMaster School of Geography and Earth Sciences, Kirkendall Neighbourhoos Association (KNA), Ward 1 Councillor Brian McHattie, James Blashill who designed the Walk There! tool, Jamie Smith who helped with the website,designer Tom Raczka, and to the many, many talented volunteers who continue to work on pedestrian and cycling concerns.
At the centre of the project is a website that will help you find amenities, and show you how easy it is to walk, ride a bike, or take transit to destinations within 2 km of your home. This is how it works: just enter a departure address and choose a type of destination you are interested in. Your departure point is at the centre, with a circle showing a 2 km radius.
By clicking on the destination you would like to visit - perhaps a school, library, church or restaurant - you can find out how long it would take to walk there. The site also links to other Hamilton transit options.
The web tool comes with a challenge, the Walk There! Challenge. You can commit to travel to destinations within 2 km of your home by foot, bike or bus, with the goal of reducing your vehicle trips by 10 percent.
Walk There! includes resources such as links to alternative transportation websites, a list of Environment Hamilton community walking events, and opportunities to take action to make your community more pedestrian friendly. Visit www.environmenthamilton.org/walkthere and sign up!!
Hamilton Alternative Transportation-Links
Here is a great list of resources - from bus schedules to bicycle paths.
Beatrice Ekwa-Ekoko (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jarah West (email@example.com) were the project managers for the Kirkendall Walks pilot project.
For archived project information, visit our blog