A research team from Brandon, in collaboration with residents, global experts in Copenhagen, and Canadian specialists, is working on enhancing public spaces, including parks and pathways, for non-motorized modes of transportation like walking and biking.
The “Walking the Walk in Smaller Cities” team, comprising representatives from Brandon University, the City of Brandon, and Prairie Mountain Health, has conducted surveys and focus groups to understand how Brandon residents use and want to use public spaces. They will now take these insights to a workshop in Copenhagen to develop innovative solutions with global experts, focusing on making Brandon a more livable city.
The project seeks to prioritize people and offer choices that promote community health and sustainability. The team will also learn from the Danish example, which emphasizes putting people first in urban planning and transportation. So far the project’s research has identified themes related to safety, accessibility, meeting human needs, and community engagement, and the team plans to implement selected projects to improve the city’s livability.
Like OERs, the enhancement of public spaces shares a common goal of making essential resources more accessible to the communities who rely on them, fostering inclusivity, participation, and the overall well-being of their respective communities. We look forward to hearing more as this project progresses!