"As an active transportation consultant, working to make communities more walk and bike friendly, when I moved to Canmore I wanted to "Walk the Talk." We downsized from being a two-car family living in suburbia, to one vehicle. It has been two years now and it has been great! We moved to a place that is a 5 minute bike ride to downtown and a 20 minute walk. It has been a breeze. It certainly helps me to get my daily dose of physical activity. Plus I am so concerned about the environment & climate change. Living in a walkable environment is about the most powerful thing individuals can do to reduce their carbon footprint and improve local air quality. The cost savings aren't bad either. According to the CAA we are saving about $10,000 per year. That is a substantial amount!
My bike now has snow tires. I have no problem keeping warm. I was reluctant to walk or bike in the rain, but once I get out there, I am glad I did. We have the technological gear today to keep warm and dry. I love the sense of community from meeting neighbours when I am out and about using "human powered transportation." It is a great way to "fit fitness in" throughout the day. It is living more sustainably and more naturally. We were born to move this way."
- Mandy J., 57