This week the terraces of Gore Park sprung up with tents and buzzed with curious visitors to the city of Hamilton’s Transportation and Healthy Living Fair, an event put on by the municipality’s public works department and organized chiefly by local sustainability organizations Green Venture and Smart Commute Hamilton.

The environmentally-minded event was promoted by Smart Commute Hamilton as a venue in which visitors could, among other activities, meet to share ideas to help Hamilton “improve its sustainable commuting” infrastructure, find out “who’s doing what”  to enhance healthy active commutes in Hamilton, and see “what other businesses are doing that your workplace could do to help staff get active and healthy.”

The terraces of Gore Park were lined with tents offering everything from energy saving pamphlets to low-power light bulbs to biodegradable green bin bags. Greenventure also offered free exhibit space for local businesses and organizations featuring sustainability oriented products and services.

The event also promoted the city’s Pedestrian Master Plan, an initiative set in place to improve pedestrian facilities in Hamilton, a plan which the city’s website states will “establish a 20 year (2031) framework to improve  the pedestrian environment and increase the opportunity for walking as a mode of transportation (active travel) and recreation that is efficient, comfortable, safe inclusive, accessible and improve health of communities and economic development.”

The Gore Master Plan and Pedestrianization Initiative

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