The first Jane’s walk was held May 7, 2007 in Toronto, Canada. Since then, Jane’s Walk has grown into a global community with more than 100 participating cities in 20 countries, and thousands of people have taken part in walks, which are held each year the first weekend in May.
The concept is simple and adaptable: Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours which are led by local volunteers. Jane’s Walks help to put people in touch with their local environments and with one other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating spaces for discovery. Jane’s Walk honours the ideas and legacy of the great urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. While not formally trained as an urban planner, Jane Jacobs is considered to be among the greatest contributors to urban planning, thought, and practice in the 20th century.
Tides Canada ‘holds’ this project from the city where the first Jane’s Walk took place in 2007: Toronto, Canada. However, Jane’s Walk has evolved into a decentralized global community with more than 100 participating cities. Each city’s organizing around Jane’s Walk is different, but typically a local organization or individual helps to support and coordinate all of the Walks and provides the main point of contact with Jane’s Walk central in Canada.