Jane’s Walk 2012 in Vancouver - May 5 & 6 - Find your walk!

Over 20 Jane’s Walk planned in Metro Vancouver on May 5 & 6

Three special additions from the MOV, Spacing Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver

(Metro Vancouver, BC) -- On Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6, thousands of people in Metro Vancouver and around the world will take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk". The 6th annual Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore Metro Vancouver’s neighbourhoods with fresh eyes and curious mind. This year in Vancouver, there will be a special focus on learning what makes’ our neighbourhoods unique.

The MOV, Spacing Vancouver, and the City of Vancouver have teamed up to offer three special, concurrent walking tours of the West End, Marpole, and Grandview-Woodlands, all of which will happen on Saturday, May 5.

Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the free, volunteer-led urban walks have grown exponentially from 27 walks the first year to over 500 walks around the world - from Burnaby to Brisbane and Sao Paulo to Surrey - in over 75 cities and 16 countries.

Walks are as varied as the people taking part, and they create the time and space for people to connect, share, and develop ideas about where their communities and cities are at and where they are headed.

Ask yourself - what kind of Jane’s Walker are you? From the curious who wants to get behind the scenes, the green at heart, the urban gardener, the friendly neighbour, the aesthete roaming the open-air urban museum, the active moving about the city, and the citizen fascinated by the past and future of the city, its public space and institutions, there are walks for all city-lovers.

Find detailed walks at janeswalk.net, look out for posters with walk details in local shops, select favourites on the free iPhone app and get out and walk on Saturday, May 5 and Sunday, May 6!

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For media enquiries, images and interviews with 2012 walk leaders, please contact:

Yuri Artibise, Vancouver Coordinator

About Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities develop, function, and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods, increase urban literacy, and promote neighbourhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.

List of participating cities as of April 23, 2012
Canada: 38 cities
Banff, Brockville, Burlington, Calgary, Coboconk, Eden Mills, Edmonton, Flesherton, Guelph, Halifax, Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, Mississauga, Montreal, Nelson, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Penticton, Peterborough, Quebec City, Red Deer, Regina, Saskatoon, Sidney, Surrey, Swift Current, Sydney, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Whitehorse, Winnipeg


International: 38 cities in 15 countries
Australia: Adelaide, Canberra, Perth; Brazil: Sao Paulo; China: Shenzhen; France: Paris; Germany: Berlin, Frankfurt am Main, Nurnberg, Stuttgart; Israel: Haifa, Jerusalem, Tel-Aviv; Kenya: Nairobi; Mexico: Guadalajara, Los Cabos, Mexico City; Netherlands:  Amsterdam, Arnhem; Philippines: Manila; Slovenia: Celje, Idrija, Kamnik, Koper, Ljubljana, Murska Sobota, Škofja Loka; Spain: Barcelona, Cordoba, Donostia-San Sebastian, Madrid; Sweden: Karlskrona; United Kingdom: Colchester, Hereford, London; United States: Miami, New York, Savannah.

Jane’s Walk Event Partners and Sponsors
Jane’s Walk is made possible with the support of TD Friends of the Environment, Avana Capital, Metcalf Foundation, UrbanSpace, Daniels, Concord ADEX, Kirkor Architects & Planners, Context.ca, and Media Partner CBC.

Twitter: @janeswalk

Hash tag: #janeswalk

Facebook: Jane’s Walk

PHOTOS of last year’s Jane’s Walk are available upon request or at http://janeswalk.net/about/press.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012