We are an alliance of three organizations: Canada Bikes, Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks), the National Active and Safe Routes to School Working Group (hosted by Winnipeg-based Green Action Centre.) See below for short profiles.
Canada Bikes brings together organizations and individuals from across the country with a mission to make cycling more attractive, safe, accessible and convenient. We aim to make Canada one of the most bike-friendly countries on Earth.
Canada Bikes draws on a wealth of effort and experience from our board and members and an almost unlimited supply of pent up demand and enthusiasm for better cycling conditions from a wide array of sectors. We have one part-time executive staff member and an active volunteer board that includes highly respected voices in transportation cycling from across Canada.
Funders have included Mountain Equipment Co-Op, Live to Play, Canadian Automobile Association, and The Cooperators. Membership includes many of the largest, most effective local and provincial cycling advocacy organizations in places like Calgary, Toronto, Winnipeg, British Columbia, Vancouver, Halifax and Ottawa, thereby reaching an audience of hundreds of thousands of people.
Canada Bikes also works with provincial cycling organizations like Velo Quebec and Share the Road and national organizations like Heart & Stroke, ParticipAction, and the Canadian Independent Bike Retailers Association (CIBRA). Together with National Health and Fitness Day, we run a growing annual event: Day in Canada and Bike Day on the Hill.
Green Communities Canada (Canada Walks)
Green Communities Canada, founded in 1995, is a vibrant and innovative non-profit working to create sustainable, healthy, prosperous communities. Through our Canada Walks department, we have been a national pioneer and leader in walkable communities for two decades. Canada Walks has a vision of a Canada where everyone can enjoyably, easily and safely walk to school, work, play, shopping, and transit. (www.canadawalks.ca).
We partnered with the City of Toronto to bring the international WALK21 conference to Canada for the first time in 2008 and organized a Canada-wide Guinness World Record Walk for the largest number of people walking one kilometre simultaneously (231,635).
Canada Walks has delivered dozens of workshops for municipalities and other partners on actions to make their communities more walkable. We deliver the WALK Friendly Community designation program (www.walkfriendly.ca), which provides designations at the bronze, silver, gold, and platinum level for demonstrated progress toward increased walkability. The designation is a rigorous progress, including over 200 questions and a detailed review by an expert panel.