Walking

Walking is rated as Canada’s most popular physical activity and New Westminster is a great place to walk!  It is also the most fundamental form of transportation, as it is part of every trip, whether that trip is made by bicycle, transit or car.

Walking is the City’s top priority in terms of transportation mode hierarchy, with the focus of the City’s efforts being to make walking a safe, comfortable, accessible and pleasant mobility choice for people of all ages and abilities, be they residents or visitors.

Less reliance on driving (especially for shorter, local trips), reduces traffic congestion, noise and air pollution and has other benefits, such as improved feelings of connection to the community. 

Walking is an excellent way to admire the city and make new friends, as well as to meet your exercise goals. Walking improves cardio-vascular fitness, muscle tone, endurance, and mental health. Walking also increases energy levels, assists in weight management, and reduces the risk of chronic disease.

Take a walk in New Westminster today!

  • For more information about walking, or to get involved with walking in New Westminster, click here. Please join the conversation about walking; it's the city's top transportation priority!
  • ACTBiPed Committee

    This committee represents the interests of pedestrians in New Westminster by reviewing, advising and making recommendations for City policies, issues, facilities and programs. The committee aims to help integrate walking, cycling, and transit use into the transportation system in order to support a socially equitable, economically viable, and environmentally friendly city.

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    Access Ability Advisory Committee

    To assess improvements which would enhance the mobility and comfort of the disabled within the City and its public buildings. The vast knowledge and expert advice of the committee assists both the able and disabled residents, business and facilities in New Westminster.

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    Seniors Advisory Committee

    The Seniors Advisory Committee considers and evaluates issues referred to it from City Council, initiates studies on matters deemed to be of concern to seniors and submits recommendations to Council.  The role of the Seniors Advisory Committee is to provide advice to Council on long term planning issues for present and future New Westminster seniors, such as transportation and housing, and short-term issues related to seniors, such as access to shopping services, developments and proposals.  The Committee also acts as a resource for seniors by receiving input from individuals and groups and making recommendations to appropriate bodies through Council.

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    Master Transportation Plan (MTP)

    Promoting walking is one of the top priorities of the MTP. The focus of the City’s efforts to create a walkable city is on making walking a safe, comfortable, accessible and pleasant mobility choice for people of all ages and abilities.

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  • Walking to school promotes healthy and safe communities benefiting children, families, and the earth.

    The following is a list of maps that indicate safe walking routes to elementary and middle schools in New Westminster:

    Connaught Heights

    FW Howay

    Glenbrook (East Catchment)

    Glenbrook (West Catchment)

    Herbert Spencer

    Hume Park

    Lord Kelvin

    Richard McBride

    Queen Elizabeth

    Queensborough

    Qayqayt

    Lord Tweedsmuir

  • The City of New Westminster participates annually in the Jane’s Walk. Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours which encourage people to share stories about their communities and explore their cities while connecting with neighbours.

    Jane’s Walk

    Jane’s Walk New Westminster