Absolutely not! There are no deadlines for creating and posting your walk, although we do encourage you to get it online as early as you can ahead of the festival weekend. Having your walk posted at least two weeks in advance makes it easier for walk participants to attend and for local media to promote you walk.
Jane's Walk started in Toronto as a grassroots commemoration of Jane Jacobs, who was born on May 4. Every year since 2006, the first weekend in May has been when the official global festival takes place. However, Jane's Walks can, and do, take place year-round! You can create and lead a walk whenever you choose.
A. Jane's Walk is a global festival. Each locale has a City Organizer who coordinates the festival locally. The City Organizer is the central contact for local media, participants, and Walk Leaders and is typically responsible for conducting outreach, promoting the festival, coordinating Walk Leaders, and ensuring that all walks are free, open to the public, non-partisan, and non-commercial. Read more about being a City Organizer here.
With support from the City Organizers at the helm of each festival, anybody can create, post, and lead a Jane's Walk. Anyone can lead a walk because everyone is an expert in their own experience of the places they live, work, and play. Walk Leader come up with ideas for their walks, decide on topics and routes, and post their walks directly to the Jane's Walk website. Read more about being a Walk Leader here.
I'm a Walk Leader...
A. Usually, yes. You choose the day and time that suits you. If you're leading a walk during the festival, your City Organizer may contact you to shift the time of your tour so that the schedule overlaps offer a good way from people to get from one walk event to the next. It may be better to align the beginning of your tour with the end of another, as an example. But if you're doing something unique (a midnight walk, a walking tour in conjunction with special event, etc.) then go ahead and pick the time that works for you!
A. Yes. You can modify the details of your walk yourself at any time. Keep in mind that changing key details like starting point, date, and time can be confusing for people who want to go on your walk, particularly at the last minute. If you're not sure about the date and time, we suggest posting the walk and a tentative time in the description and finalizing the information at least two weeks before your walk.
A. Not at all! You can click 'Date & Time' in the left tab when you're editing your walk to select multiple dates.
A. To keep Jane's Walks barrier-free and easy to attend, we do not have a walk registration function on the website. We want people to feel that they can show up for any walk, even on the spur of the moment, and feel welcome. To that end, we encourage Walk Leaders to be flexible and open to spontaneity -- be prepared for a small group or a large one.
If you're concerned about crowd size, we recommend creating a Facebook event page for your walk to help you get some sense of numbers. Please do make it clear that people are welcome to join even if they haven't registered or clicked "going".
A. The Toronto page has over two hundred walks posted each year, so it's a good place to start looking for some inspiration! Use the date filters to view previous walks.
A. No. Walks can be entirely self-organized. Walk Leaders can create accounts, log in, and create walks independently. It's a good idea, though, to contact your City Organizer and let them know about your walk. They are most likely contacting media and planning get-togethers, and you'll want to get in on the action!
A. If your city isn't listed, it's because there is no City Organizer there yet. Consider nominating someone you know for the role or becoming the City Organizer yourself! Even if your festival is just one walk, it will spark momentum and get others involved.
A. No. The solicitation of donations on a Jane's Walk is against the Jane's Walk Principles.
The Principles do not permit Walk Leaders to collect donations because this ensures that there are no financial barriers to going on a Jane's Walk and that the focus stays on community conversations.
Even though you can't collect donations or credit card information, you're certainly welcome to talk about your charitable group or nonprofit and showcase the work you do in the community. You can also distribute information about your organization and direct people to your website. Many Walk Leaders who lead walks as part of their work for a nonprofit or charity have found that the exposure and publicity they get from participating in Jane's Walk is a powerful, if indirect, way to bolster their fundraising efforts.
A. No. The promotion, sale, or sampling of goods, services, and brands on a Jane's Walk is against the Jane's Walk Principles.
It's against the Jane's Walks principles to have any commercial activity on walks. However, we certainly encourage businesses to get involved as Walk Leaders and participants. Businesses may also engage in corporate philanthropy by donating to Jane's Walk.
Businesses may also sponsor their local festival with cash or in-kind donations. It’s a great way to raise your company's profile in your city, and earn the goodwill of your community. Sponsorship arrangements are at the discretion of City Organizers, who may choose name and thank sponsors on the festival’s promotional materials, on their city page, and at festival events such as launch parties or lectures. Sponsors may not be named and thanked during the walks themselves.
I'm a City Organizer...
A. We provide you with a number of tools and resources to help you organize and promote your festival, including:
A. Yes! We have lots of email templates available here. An email inviting someone to lead a walk is one of the best ways to get a wide range of walk leaders and neighbourhoods on board. Simply modify the templates for your own use!
I'm having technical problems...
Request a new password on the login page and then look for the email from Jane's Walk in your spam folder. You can also email the Jane's Walk Project Office to have them reset it manually.
It’s probably because you’re using a version of Internet Explorer that is older than 10.0. Try downloading the latest version of Internet Explorer, use a different browser (like Google Chrome), or ask a friend to borrow their computer.
Check your profile page to see if it shows your walk. If it's there, it might be that it has published to a different city. You need to email us in this case.
If your walk doesn't show up on your profile, it may be that you've logged in with a different email address than in previous sessions. Log out and check if you've used an alternate email address in the past.
If you have no luck, email us with: the exact title of your walk, the date/time that you tried to publish it and the browser you're using. Then we'll be all set to help you! In most cases, your walk can be found somewhere. Fear not!
Most likely you are either zoomed into the window or the window itself is sized too small. Go to your “View” Menu and choose “Actual Size” then resize your window so that it takes up the whole of your computer screen.