What is Jane’s Walk?

Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walks held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work.

Since its inception in Toronto in 2007, Jane’s Walk has expanded rapidly. Last year, more than 800 walks were held in over 100 cities in 22 countries worldwide. In Winnipeg local citizens have organized walks in neighbourhoods across the city exploring a range of themes including local history, environmental issues, urban design and architecture, accessibility issues, active transportation, public art, social/cultural experiences of the city, and more. Visit www.janeswalk.org for more information.

Organizing a Jane’s Walk is Easy!

Jane’s Walk Winnipeg is looking for people to assist with this year’s event, which takes place on May 3rd and 4th. You can find out more about it and download their call for submissions at www.facebook.com/janeswalkwpg. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places and people and ideas you want to hear and talk about, and promoting it around your neighbourhood. You can also share the guiding duties with a few other resourceful friends or colleagues.

There are only two rules: walks are taken and given for free, and they should be walking conversations. As a walking conversation, Jane’s Walks encourage participants to share their own knowledge, stories and ideas along the walk.

For questions or to submit your Jane’s Walk Winnipeg proposal, contact Matt Carreau at mgcarreau@gmail.com.