In the most recent issue of Spacing, I wrote about how small problems with the walking environment can make a big difference in discouraging people from walking. I talked about a few ways that people can try to get local walking problems fixed – call 311, call the local councillor’s office, call The Star‘s “The Fixer” column.
Hamilton has created an example of another way to enable people to note local problems for pedestrians: an interactive map. People can log in, identify a particular location, and use symbols and text to identify the problem there. It not only alerts the city to a local problem, but also provides an overall picture of the kinds of problems the city faces in improving its walkability. It’s a great idea, and it would be useful to do the same thing for Toronto.