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Mona Turner

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Go for a Daily Walk

Walkable Cities

I will take a walk for 60 minutes each day and take note of the infrastructure that makes walking more or less enjoyable, accessible, and possible.



Research and Consider Switching to a Hybrid or Electric Vehicle

Electric Cars, Hybrid Cars

I will spend at least 240 minutes researching and weighing my options to see if a hybrid or electric vehicle makes sense for my lifestyle.



Research Heat Pumps

High-Efficiency Heat Pumps

I will spend at least 180 minutes researching heat pumps to see if installing one makes sense for my home/building.


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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:43 AM
    We walked along the same route as yesterday to buy a book at a local independent book store and some special donuts for a gift. As well, we walked Winnie several times around some new roads to us in a different neighbourhood. We have noticed that there are several park areas available for people to sit down, children can play on various park equipment, and there are areas for dogs to run after balls or at other times, those areas can be used by kids to play games and sports. The neighbourhoods in this Ottawa downtown core are people-oriented, even though there are 2-lane and 4-lane roads running through them. There are sidewalks on both sides of the streets and there are some one-way streets too.

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      Kathleen ffolliott 2/29/2024 7:01 PM
      I love how downtown Ottawa is so walkable and bikeable. There's practically a bike repair store every few blocks! It has such a community feel. And it's wonderful to be able to find most of what you need nearby.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:35 AM
    Walked the dog briskly along the wide enough sidewalk of a major street to buy a baguette at a bakery. We walked along a bridge that was over a railroad track . We noticed that a paved walkway had been built along the length of the railway track to create a public walkway that was being used in the early morning of our walk by people getting exercise by running along it and cycling along it. What a terrific idea!

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:31 AM
    As I walked along one of the downtown Ottawa street, I was pleased to see that the sidewalks were in pretty good repair. I didn't trip along uneven surfaces that could have been found on older sidewalks.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:28 AM
    Walked around downtown Ottawa and walked Winnie several times about.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:27 AM
    Walked about the Ottawa neighbourhoods while walking Winnie the dog. We see a lot of people walking along the streets to their bus stops, to work, to shop, to walk their dogs, etc. There are bus stops conveniently at certain corners so that people don't have to own a car and drive it to work.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:23 AM
    I met a friend with her dog and we walked along a snow-covered path along the northern shore of the Ottawa river. We met someone skipping stones on the open Ottawa River. We were surprised to see someone doing this and commented how unusual to see this on the Ottawa River in February!!! This river is usually frozen over and very thick so that people can walk or ride their fat bikes on the ice along the shoreline.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:19 AM
    We walked around several neighbourhoods in downtown Ottawa while walking our son's dog. Some streets had very narrow sidewalks, especially with the large green, brown and black bins that lined the edges of the sidewalks on garbage day. On some sidewalks, it was too narrow to pass another pedestrian without stopping and waiting for the other person to pass before continuing on our walk.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:16 AM
    We walked about the city streets in Ottawa downtown. Sparks street is an urban walking-only street so that during special events, such as Winterlude, the street/walkway can be used for displays that pedestrians can enjoy looking at or interacting with as they walk along the length of the walkway.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:11 AM
    We walked our son's dog several times today around the neighbourhood streets. We also walked along sidewalks to Landsdowne Park to skate for about 50 minutes and then we walked back to the condo along different streets. The sidewalks are safe enough to walk on under the busy highway 417 on a few different streets so that we could take a different route home. In some residential streets, we noticed that the sidewalks were quite narrow.

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    Mona Turner 2/29/2024 10:07 AM
    Walked along a busy sidewalk in Hintonburg, Ottawa, where there were many shops and restaurants. There were a lot of people walking their dogs or just walking about like us. The width of the sidewalk was wide enough so that couples walking could pass comfortably other couples or people with their dogs.