FOR RELEASE NOV 28, 2012
At the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Council Meeting on November 27th, 2012 Safe Community Wood Buffalo presented a Pedestrian Charter. This document is a culmination of their involvement in the Safe Kids’ Worldwide Model School Zone Project.
The purpose of the Project was to assess the safety of children in the school zone of the pilot school, St. Martha Catholic Elementary School in Timberlea. The only Canadian school selected for the study, an assessment was done in November 2011. Over the last year interventions have been provided and a post-assessment was done. Working with various stakeholders, including the RMWB, RCMP, Alberta Health Services, the Canadian Paraplegic Association, Alberta Transportation Office of Traffic Safety, Probation Services, Victim Services, Mammoet & Diversified, it was determined that one mandate of this study would be to create a Pedestrian Charter encompassing the region.
The Pedestrian Charter respects and supports the pedestrian principles of accessibility, equity, health and well being. This charter supports environmental sustainability, personal and community safety as well as community vitality & cohesion.
The Council recognized that the Charter is in alignment with their work towards planning, designing and managing the Region now and in the future. As such, they have endorsed the Pedestrian Charter and will refer to it, where possible, in planning and designing the development of the region.
Safe Community Wood Buffalo
Jennifer Smith, Coordinator
A complete copy of the Charter is attached.(PDF 455Kb)