Are you concerned about winter walking? Snow and ice can lead to difficulties getting where you want to go, especially for seniors, young school children, parents with strollers and toddlers, and people with mobility challenges. Falling and injuring yourself is a real concern. Some seniors become isolated when getting out is too difficult and miss opportunities to socialize with friends and family members.
Do you want to know how safe and accessible your neighbourhood is for winter walking?
Let’s find out with snow mole audits in the next three winter months.
Snow Moles are volunteers who report on what it’s like to walk outside on a winter day. The information they gather will be used by Seniors Watch Old Ottawa South (SWOOS), OSCA, and the Council on Aging of Ottawa (COA) to inform the City and others of ways that winter walkability can and should be improved.
Anyone can be a snow mole, but we are particularly looking for seniors and parents or grandparents with young children to participate, as well as people who use mobility devices (e.g. canes, walkers and wheelchairs).
There are two ways you can be a snow mole: in a group walk audit or on your own.
With Seniors Watch Old Ottawa South
Join SWOOS in a fun group snow mole audit. We will meet at a central point in January, February, and March and do a snow mole audit on several different routes. We especially are looking for walkers who are seniors, parents with young children, and people with mobility aids or mobility challenges. We will be joined by City staff and elected officials. It will be a short walk and finish with a group discussion in a warm place.
The first snow mole audit will be on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at 10:00 am. Meet at the Firehall. The walk will happen in any weather.
Watch The OSCAR, OSCA’s website oldottawasouth.ca, and the e-newsletter “News Between the Bridges” for dates and locations in February and March.
On Your Own
Pick a time of day when you need to go out (best after some winter weather has occurred such as a snowfall or freezing rain), and a destination (e.g. bus stop, grocery store, school, bank, seniors centre, library).
Use the Snow Mole questionnaire to audit your walk. Fill in the survey online, or print it out and fill in the paper form. If using a paper form, drop it in the mailbox of Peggy Edwards at 219 Hopewell Ave. To access the online Snow Mole questionnaire go to: www.surveymonkey.com/r/JG8GLWC. For more information go to www.coaottawa.ca and search under “snow moles”.
Thank you for joining the Snow Mole team! Together we can make winter walking in Ottawa an age-friendly and safe activity.
Age-Friendly Winter Walkability & Pedestrian Safety Audits
We need to audit the whole neighbourhood, and Councillor Menard and City of Ottawa representatives are ready to work with us, so all hands on deck!