Sweet Tunes and Fast Dragons – what’s going on in Peterborough this summer?

Dragon Races

Grab some friends & paddles and gear up for Peterborough’s annual Dragon Boat Festival! Happening on Saturday June 10 at Del Crary Park, the dragons are back on the water to compete in this fast-paced race to support breast cancer research, screening and diagnosis (right here in Peterborough!). So far there are already 67 teams ready to compete; if you, your workplace or your friends are looking to join in on the fun check out the website here for more details. You will need a team of up to 20 to race, including a drummer and someone to steer. Come out and support a great cause! Cambium’s boat is ready to race: we’ll see you at the finish line!

Music & More

Perhaps you prefer a slower pace and taking it easy this summer? Well the Peterborough Mucisfest may be just the place for you! Cambium is a proud sponsor of this fantastic summer event, with live music at Del Crary Park every weekend starting in July. With tons of great artists on stage there is something for everyone – and it will be particularly exciting this year in honour of Canada’s 150th! Thanks to the many local sponsors (of whom we are proud to be a part of) all concerts are 100% free! So walk on down to the park and check out some fantastic Canadian artists at you leisure.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas are a vibrant place to be this summer with countless local events, farmer’s markets, outdoor activities, and more – there are sites to see and places to be! If you want to know what else there is to do this summer check out the Kawarthas’ website which has some of the best local must-see and must-try locations. Stay tuned to our blog for more updates on summer fun in Peterborough!

Design Choices to Make a Community Walking and Cycling Friendly

Robert Voigt, an Ontario Professional Planner, and Cambium’s Senior  Project Manager of Community Development Services worked with the Town of Gravenhurst to develop an Age Friendly Active Transportation Plan.  The goal was to craft an action plan that would identify opportunities to make the community more walking and cycling friendly.

Rob developed a series of videos as a creative component of the community engagement process that highlight some components of an active transportation plan that can make any community more walking and cycling friendly.

Active Transportation Plans

Active Transportation plans are not just about networks and building infrastructure. It is about working with what you have and the capacity of the citizens and the municipality.  The video series  looks at:

  • Sidewalks – addressing connections and links to ensure the safety of pedestrians
  • Connections – connecting sidewalks and recreational trails to support active lifestyle and support people who want to get around on their own.
  • Street and Trees – street trees can make an environment more walking and cycling friendly.
  • Parklets and Pocket Parks – a great ways to enhance a business environment and make it more walking and cycling friendly.
  • Curb Extensions –health and safety of pedestrians and drivers.
  • Traffic Signals – important aspects of traffic signals to support accessibility.
  • Links to Roads and Sidewalks – connections between sidewalks and roads are a high priority to make it easier for people to navigate around the community.
  • Parking Areas and Connections – simple design choices to make parking areas and connections between developments active transportation and all ages friendly.
  • Bike Lanes – dedicates environments to safely ride bikes and support cyclists.
  • Community Design – landscaping, seating, and blank building walls should be considered at the community design stage to make environments more comfortable to walk.
  • Complete streets – consider all modes of transportation when designing and redeveloping streets to make it safer for everyone.

Rob Voigt is a Registered Professional Planner with over 17 years of experience in Canada and the US. His specialization lies in placemaking, citizen engagement, healthy community design, and active transportation. If you are looking at your community needs and have questions about active transportation  plans and healthy community design, connect with Rob and he can help navigate the process.