Last weekend was definitely a weekend full of walking. After volunteering at the Vancouver Heritage Society’s “Vancouver’s West End Remembered” walking tour on Saturday, I joined more than 20 other people for the Vancouver Public Space Network’s first “Main Street Mosey” on Sunday to cross “I Walked Across Vancouver” off from our bucket lists.
So, how cool would it be to say that you walked across an entire city, from end to end? Indeed, very cool: Our three-hour walk from the shore of Crab Park on Burrard Inlet to Fraser River, all along from the 1st to the 85th Block of Main Street, showed us how even one single street can tell a lot about the diversity of a city like Vancouver.
By crossing Downtown Eastside, Chinatown, Mount Pleasant and Little India, walking through commercial, residential and industrial areas, passing highrises in the North and single family homes in the South and touching the water in the Burrard Inlet and Fraser river, we once again realized what makes this city so fantastic.
It was no surprise that at the end of the walk, where we were suprised by a little hidden place in an industrial area at Fraser River, people already thought about other streets that we could walk across Vancouver next year, perhaps even from West to East. Moreover, this is definitely an idea that is worth spreading globally!
So, for me, Urban Street Moseys are definitely something that I’ll have to bring to Vienna next year, like so many other great ideas from Vancouver such as Jane’s Walks, Green Drinks or the Kids Up Front initiative. Here are some impressions from our walk: