PORT HAWKESBURY: How communities are planned and designed directly impacts local environments and health.

Walking is the most accessible form of active transportation for the average person of any age, yet Nova Scotia’s communities have a considerable need for improving the availability, safety and convenience of walking routes. Community design can encourage populations to travel between destinations actively by foot.

There will be a Walkable Communities workshop on Wednesday, October 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Port Hawkesbury Civic Centre.

This workshop, for planners and others, is about making communities more walkable for everyone, from children to seniors. It will address the state of walkability in Nova Scotia and how to improve walkability in the areas of planning and infrastructure.

To register, to go: by October 24.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada will facilitate the workshop, drawing on their experience in active transportation planning and community design to deliver an engaging and informative workshop. Project partners will add experiences and project information to increase the application of information in local communities.

The workshop includes nutrition breaks, lunch and a workshop kit. The workshop will include some classroom time, as well as a field trip to conduct walk audits.