Our most involved project focuses on increasing opportunities for vulnerable populations to travel safely and conveniently throughout the city.
From late-2014 to October 2018, HealthBridge is partnering with BioRegional North America, Ottawa ACORN, EnviroCentre, and the Peace & Environment Resource Centre to develop activities in six priority neighourhoods that were chosen because they have poor walking environments ('walkability') and high numbers of low-income families and individuals.
The Community Engagement for Healthy Transportation project's activities include:
- organizing in communities and recruiting members of priority populations, including new immigrants and low-income individuals;
- conducting research that identifies areas in the existing transportation network that need improvement, along with priority neighbourhoods;
- holding webinars and workshops to educate Coalition members, the public and decision-makers;
- creating pop-up projects in low-income communities that will demonstrate how quickly and easily infrastructure changes can be made; and,
- launching a cargo bike-sharing program.
The 4-year project is expected to achieve the following results:
- Increase engagement of vulnerable populations in addressing transportation barriers that prevent them from being able to participate in community life;
- Improve the transportation and urban planning infrastructure and policy environment so that they enable vulnerable populations to safely, comfortably, and conveniently access healthy transportation options, including walking, cycling and public transit;
- Increase the capacity of the Healthy Transportation Coalition to affect positive change that is sustainable in the long term.
The project was officially launched at Ottawa City Hall on Feb. 7, 2015.
The Healthy Transportation Coalition is grateful that this project is being funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the Adam and Rachel Fund, the Community Foundation of Ottawa, the Ottawa Sustainability Fund, the Ontario Public Interest Research Group at the University of Ottawa, and the Coalition's ‘organizational’ and ‘individual’ members.