Jane's Walk Principles

  1. The Jane’s Walk project allows anyone to post a community walking tour at any time of the year. The Global Festival Weekend takes place annually on the first weekend of May (close to Jane Jacobs' birthday on May 4th). Volunteers lead Walks and participation is free. 
  2. Jane’s Walk is a non-partisan initiative that strives to include a wide array of voices and ideas in discussions about cities, neighbourhoods and community engagement. 
  3. Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Jane’s Walk promotes walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy and cities planned for and by people. 
  4. Jane’s Walk encourages an environment where people choose to walk, not merely as a recreational option, but as a viable and enjoyable way to carry out basic everyday tasks, improve health and increase social cohesion. 
  5. Walk Leaders lead the conversation with interesting insights and stories about their neighbourhood, and strongly encourage Walk participants to get involved and share their own opinions and observations. 
  6. Jane’s Walk supports engaged discussion between Walk Leaders and Walkers with differing opinions. Jane’s Walk does not tolerate hate speech. While we encourage the discussion of ideas and experiences, no Walk will be allowed that defames or excludes specific individuals or groups. 
  7. Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership. 
  8. Jane’s Walk often brings Jane Jacobs’ ideas to communities unfamiliar with her ideas, in order to advance local engagement with contemporary city-making and urban planning practices. 
  9. Local financial support of Jane’s Walk is permitted, but no fees, charges or any promotion of commercial activities can be connected to the content or activities of any given walk. Any form of support of Jane’s Walk must adhere with the Principles as listed above.