More Active and Sustainable Cities

through the power of the crowd

Ottawa Active City Projects

We’re working with the community to build better active transportation and recreational infrastructure in the Ottawa area. Be part of a coalition with others to engage decision makers in creating a built environment that is “active by default”.

Current projects include:

  • Ottawa Bike priorities: where should the City of Ottawa invest next in bike infrastructure? Where are the missing links?
  • SMP 613: weekly email digest of what’s important for active city issues in Ottawa and how the community can help move the needle.


Participatory Decision Making Platform

 Imagine a platform for turning the exercise recorded on your smartphone into support for active transportation and recreation initiatives in your community.

The Motion App provides participating communities (governments, schools and other organizations with resources for active living) with a first-of-its-kind mechanism for engaging the public in decision making; community members use their daily exercise as voting ballots for potential active transportation and recreation projects.

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Motion converts the steps or active minutes on an individual’s smartphone or FitBit into Daily Units of Exercise (DUEs), which that individual uses to cast votes for their preferred projects. The Motion app gets more people leading a healthy active lifestyle, and also directly engaged in civic and community issues. Personal data is secure and never sold or shared.