Area residents are invited to an evening of celebration of active transportation successes in Kingston and around the world on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kingston Frontenac Public Library, 130 Johnson Street. (map)
KCAT Forum 2012: Health Promotion and Injury Prevention will be moderated by Lawrence Scanlon, an editor and journalist and the author or co-author of sixteen books on everything from horses, and hockey to home. Mr. Scanlon is also an ardent and old school cyclist who rides daily in the Kingston area from spring to fall.
The session will also see local citizens recognized for their varied contributions to active transportation in Kingston. Streetfilms will feature eight inspiring films about thriving cities and their engaged citizens, booming economies, and sustainable futures.
Active transportation is any self-propelled travel, such as walking, cycling, or using transit to get from one place to another.
“As a society we have never been so physically inactive and overweight, putting us at risk of significant health problems and a growing economic burden. Kingston’s greenhouse gases are one of the highest in Canada, largely due to private vehicle emissions,” said Anne MacPhail, public health nurse with KFL&A Public Health and chair of the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation. “With these imminent concerns to our health, environment, and economy, this evening will be sure to inspire citizens to think about actions we can all take to use active transportation, feel great, and contribute to a sustainable future.”
Participants will also learn about a variety of events and measures in other cities that could happen here in Kingston. Film topics include complete streets, bike lanes, streets for people, traffic garden, on-street bike parking, Sunday streets, London’s do-it-yourself approach to safer streets, making streets safer for seniors, and neighbourhood greenways.
This event is hosted by the Kingston Coalition for Active Transportation with funding from the Ministry of Health and Long-term Care.