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August 18, 2014

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August 18, 2014

Open Streets Toronto paves the way to a better city.

By Chris Hume. Published in The Star


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July 13, 2014

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July 13, 2014

Open Streets Thuder Bay attracts hundreds.

By Jody Porter


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May 7, 2014

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May 7, 2014

Good to great: Placemaker Gil Penalosa visits the Twin Cities

By Kyle Mianulli


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April 2, 2014

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April 2, 2014

8-80 Cities Forum: The Doable City gathers community leaders from across the country to foster more livable cities

Knight Foundation


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March 14, 2014

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March 14, 2014

The Pied Piper For Sustainable Transportation

By Christine McLaren


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February 7, 2014

Open Streets Festival Planned for Toronto.  

February 7, 2014

Group wants to close 10 kilometres of Bloor Street for a giant “Open Streets” festival

By Steve Kupferman


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February 6, 2014

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February 6, 2014

Massive open streets festival planned for Toronto

By Chris Bateman


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January 24, 2014

 

January 24, 2014

Penalosa to Keynote Conference on Public Transportation and Universities

Published in Passenger Transport


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November 1, 2013

Metro reaches out for Union Station.                     

November 1, 2013

Metro Reaches Out for Union Station Linkages Study During Dia De Los Muertos Celebration

by Damien Newton


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September 26, 2013

Toronto-wide pedestrian Sundays step closer to reality.  

September 26, 2013

Toronto-wide pedestrian Sundays step closer to reality

by Chris Bateman


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September 6, 2013

Bike lanes backed for CAnnon Street.

September 6, 2013

Bike lanes backed for Cannon Street

by Matthew Van Dongen


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September 6, 2013

 

September 6, 2013

Anybody listening?

by J.R. Shermack


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August 1, 2013

 

August 1, 2013

The Road to Build a Better Hamilton

by Natalie Paddon


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May 28, 2013

 

May 28, 2013

Streetsville Main Street Square redesign. Gather Round                                                                            

by Jake Tobin Garrett


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April 24, 2013

Suwon appoints new EcoMobility World Festival Ambassadors

April 24, 2013

Suwon appoints new EcoMobility World Festival Ambassadors

EcoMobility World Festival


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March 20, 2013

Age-friendly city expert praises Hub Trail .

March 20, 2013

Age-friendly city expert praises Hub Trail

by Darren Taylor


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March 15, 2013

Problem-plagued park to receive makeover

March 15, 2013

Problem-plagued park to receive makeover                                        

by Meagan Curran


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March 7, 2013

Bringing life back to Dundonald Park, Community health centre on the right track with programming: report

March 7, 2013

Bringing life back to Dundonald Park, Community health centre on the right track with programming: report                                        

by Laura Mueller


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February 20, 2013

Good Ideas for Dundonald Park Dundonald Park

February 20, 2013

Good Ideas for Dundonald Park                                                

by David Reevely


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February 15, 2013

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February 15, 2013

Ciclovías Open Up Streets, and the City                                                

by Rachel Lissner


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February 6, 2013

age-friendly expert coming to town

February 6, 2013

Age-friendly expert coming to town                                                 

by Elaine Della-Mattia


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October 26, 2012

brainstorming for a people friendly city

October 26, 2012

Brainstorming for a people friendly city                                                

by Kyle Gennings


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October 25, 2012

the quest for 8-80 bikeways

October 25, 2012

The quest for 8-80 bikeways                                                

by Jonathan Maus


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October 1, 2012

environmental initiatives:How Toronto and Chicago compare

October 1, 2012

Environmental Initiatives: How Toronto and Chicago compare                                       

by Brad Lee


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September 25, 2012

st. louis needs more trees, bikes, parks, coffee, says livable cities expert

September 25, 2012

St. Louis needs more trees, bikes, parks, coffee, says livable cities exp                            

by David Hunn


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September 18, 2012

town buys main beach property

September 18, 2012

Town buys main beach property                                           

by Trina Berlo


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August 31, 2012

valley should emphasize people-friendly development, advocate says

August 31, 2012

Valley should emphasize people-friendly development, advocate says                                   

by Jared Janes


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August 28, 2012

expert talks about transforming brownsville

August 28, 2012

Expert talks about transforming Brownsville                         

by Jacqueline Armendariz


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August 3, 2012

new bow trail pedestrian bridge gets bike lanes

August 3, 2012

New Bow Trail pedestrian bridge gets bike lanes                                   

by Tom Babin


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July 26, 2012

five ways to make toronto happier

July 26, 2012

Five ways to make Toronto Happier                                                                        

by David Hains


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July 18, 2012

taking back the park

July 18, 2012

Taking back the park, one paintbrush at a time      

by Michelle Nash


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July 13, 2012

Liveable Laneway

July 13, 2012

Liveable Laneway                                                       

by Jake Tobin Garrett


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July 12, 2012

not moving fast enough

July 12, 2012

Not moving fast enough on cycling                               

by Jackie Chow - Maple Ridge News


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July 08, 2012

NYC parks make rivals green with envy!

July 08, 2012

NYC parks make rivals green with envy!                  

by Casey Quinlan


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July 05, 2012

Hume: Architect says inviting city spaces made unapproachable by traffic

July 05, 2012

Hume: Architect says inviting city spaces made unapproachable by traffic                                              

by Christopher Hume Urban Issues, Architecture


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July 05, 2012

Joburg South streets are for people, not cars

July 05, 2012

Joburg South streets are for people, not cars                                                                                       


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July 05, 2012

Neighbours Night Out takes to the streets in Thorncliffe Park

July 05, 2012

Neighbours Night Out takes to the streets in Thorncliffe Park. Diasporic Genius will be creating a mural at intersection

by Danielle Milley


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June 26, 2012

Expert says cities shouldn’t bother with half-hearted bike infrastructure

June 26, 2012

Expert says cities shouldn’t bother with half-hearted bike infrastructure                                                   

by Tom Babin


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June 27, 2012

OPEN FILE Cycling advocate on Vancouver's 'timid' initiatives

 June 27, 2012

OPEN FILE: Cycling advocate on Vancouver's 'timid' initiatives                                                                 

by Mike Aynsley


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June 27, 2012

Velo-city: Policymakers talk 'must haves'

June 27, 2012

Velo-city: Policymakers talk 'must haves'                                                                                            

by Sarah Ripplinger  


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May 28, 2012

Learning from Bogota: A Conversation with Gil Peñalosa

May 28 2012

Learning from Bogota: A Conversation with Gil Peñalosa

by Klaus


Cycling Inquisition.com: Learning from Bogotá: A conversation with Gil Peñalosa, Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities. 8-80 Cities seeks to create vibrant and healthy communities by focusing on the needs of cyclists and pedestrians through the design of public spaces.

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April 26, 2012

 

We Agree: It's Time to Slow Down

April 26, 2012 12:40 ET

We Agree: It's Time to Slow Down                                                                                                       

8-80 Cities Supports Chief Medical Officer's Proposal to Lower Speed Limits.           

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March 9, 2012

 

Dundonald Park singled out for enhancement project

March 9, 2012

Dundonald Park singled out for enhancement project

Nikki Gladstone

Inside Centretown News: Centretown residents living near Dundonald Park, a heritage site in Ottawa, may feel more inclined to visit the green space after a project partnership between 8-80 Cities and the Centretown Community Health Centre.

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July 11, 2011

 

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July 11, 2011

InsideToronto.com: At Issue 'Open Streets' would make a difference in Thorncliffe Park

by Danielle Milley


Report examines ways to make community more pedestrian Friendly

Plenty of public space, pedestrian friendly, and good access to the Don Valley ravine. This doesn't sound much like Thorncliffe Park, but it could in the future. A new Liveable Community Report for Thorncliffe and Flemingdon released this spring contains several recommendations that would make Thorncliffe Park a greener, friendlier and safer place for the thousands of residents who call it home. Nearly 20,000 people live in three square kilometres in mainly mid- and high-rise buildings. They are hungry for a more liveable community and they have several ideas on how to make that possible.


The non-profit organization 8-80 Cities came to the community last summer and facilitated a three-day liveable community project to find out what residents thought would make their community better. The report is a result of those discussions with more than 100 residents.

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March 5, 2011

 

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March 5, 2011

The Globe and Mail: Bike-riding 'pinkos,' this could be your summer

by Hayley Mick

This week, Gil Penalosa dodged streetcar tracks and swinging car doors while cycling to his downtown Toronto office, but all he could see were smooth roads ahead.Above him, blue skies promised ice-free streets were on the way. To his left and right, gas stations advertising soaring fuel prices provided greater incentive for drivers to trade four wheels for two.

 

But Mr. Penalosa – a consultant who has travelled the world observing bike-friendly initiatives in ground-breaking cities such as Copenhagen, Melbourne, New York and Montreal – says there’s another reason Toronto’s embattled cyclists might be in for a good ride this summer: Rob Ford’s in the mayor’s chair.

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April 19, 2011

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April 19, 2011

The Record.com: Waterloo and Kitchener to experiment with car-free Sundays


It sounds like the Walkable, Bikeable Waterloo Forum that posted last month has had one positive impact:

The councils in Kitchener and Waterloo have agreed to try four car-free Sundays this summer, closing King Street right from the Waterloo Public Square to Kitchener City Hall.

The report is on the Record website.


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July11, 2011

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July 11, 2011

The Record.com: You should really go listen to this guy

 You don't have to go to Seville, Spain to Velo-city 2011 to hear one of North America's inspiring voices for the liveable city.

Gil Penalosa, of the Toronto-based 8-80 Cities, is at Waterloo City Hall tonight at 7 p.m., speaking on the Walkable, Bikeable Waterloo. He was a keynote speaker at Velo-city Global 2010 in Copenhagen last year, and is the emcee of Velo-city 2011, March 23-25. His message of encouragement and engagement has inspired city planners and citizens in cities around the world to rethink their car-centric planning.

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March 10, 2011

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March 10, 2011

The Record.com: Waterloo looks to be region’s lead dog in sustainable transportation

by Terry Pender

WATERLOO — This city is poised to take a leading role in Waterloo Region for active and sustainable transportation.
One of Waterloo’s main streets will be closed to traffic for a Sunday this summer. The exact date and location for the first Car-Free Sunday in this region will be announced in the coming months.


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February, 2011

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February, 2011

The Daily Press: Ways sought to make city more active
Residents encouraged to attend public forum Wednesday night at Porcupine Health Unit

by Chelsey Romain

After successfully obtaining a grant from the Heart and Stroke Advocacy Development, the Porcupine Health Unit's Knowledge to Action Partnership has brought 8-80 Cities executive director Gil Penalosa to Timmins to facilitate various workshops and forums over two days.

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September, 2011

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September, 2011

The Minden Times: Creating a healthier Haliburton County

There is no reason Haliburton County can't be a healthy and vibrant community centred around walking and bicycling.

This was the message from Gil Penalosa, executive director of 8-80 Cities, formerly Walk and Bike for Life, a Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to helping create healthier communities, as he spoke to a crowd at the Minden Hills Community Centre on Sept. 23.

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December 10, 2010

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December 10, 2010

The Toronto Star: The Melbourne supremacy and the livable city

by Christopher Hume

If Rob Adams is right, Rob Ford must be wrong.
According to the former, streets are nothing less than the key to a livable city. According to the latter, they are nothing more than a way for cars to get from one place to another.



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July 22, 2010

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July22, 2010

Inside Toronto.com: Advisor criticizes political inaction on creating liveable cities at town hall


A former bureaucrat famed for transforming the city of Bogota, Colombia through the construction of hundreds of kilometres of bikeways and parks as well as removing cars from almost 100 kilometres of city streets on Sundays has sharply criticized both Toronto's inaction on developing a liveable city and the pro-car tenor of the current mayoral debate.

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May 22, 2010

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May 22, 2010

thehealthline.ca: City of Woodstock to Hold First Car-Free Sunday

The  City of Woodstock follows the lead of many cities around the world and declares June 13, 2010, to be car-free on Dundas Street from Vansittart to Wellington Avenues from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.




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February 1, 2010

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February 1, 2010

The Toronto Star: Car-free Sundays- Could they work here?

by Tess Kalinowski


With the support of the Ontario minister of health promotion, Margarett Best, 8-80 Cities is pushing for more car-free Sundays in the Toronto region. And there are small signs of interest.

On Tuesday, Best will help gather about 50 politicians and planners over lunch to plug the concept. There will be a Great Streets, Healthy Cities public information forum at 6:30 p.m. at the George Ignatieff Theatre, 15 Devonshire Place, behind Varsity Stadium.

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