Think City Tours 2010

Jane's Walk at New Brighton

Think City hosted Metro Vancouver's third annual Think City Tours on the weekend of May 1 and 2. Over 1,700 people signed up for 42 walks, increases of almost 50 per cent over 2009.

"We have experienced overwhelming enthusiasm from participants in years past and that is definitely reflected in this year's sign-ups. We have doubled the participation and for the first time are bringing tours to Surrey and UBC and more neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver," said Think City Board member Kim Fleming, the chair of Think City Tours.

Another new development this year was the introduction of three bicycle rides. These guided bicycle tours covered a larger area than the walks and provided a two-wheeled perspective on the communities where they were held. "People definitely want to get out and re-discover their neighbourhoods, and Think City is happy to facilitate these walking and bicycle tours throughout Metro Vancouver."

"Think City Tours is about providing a fun and informative way for residents to engage with the many rich stories of the people, nature, history, and culture of our communities. They brings to life the stories that are literally at our footsteps," said Fleming.

Some notable tours held this year included:

  • Vancouver historian Bruce Macdonald's "Kitsilano's Earliest History and Homes", a tour of century-old houses in Kitsilano.
  • Tracey Mann's "Alphabet Walk in Mount Pleasant", a fun-filled learning adventure for families with children under seven.
  • Steve Chitty's "Crescent Beach Circuit Tour" in South Surrey, which explored the waterfront promenade, Blackie Spit and an old oyster farm.
  • Adam Cooper's "UBC Jane's Ride - Challenges and Achievements", a bicycle tour that looked at facilities for transit and cycling, as well as development proposals at the University of British Columbia.

The goal of Think City Tours is to raise urban literacy and build strong, connected communities by offering a non-motorized tour event that combines insights into civic history, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing.


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