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Does Sarnia pass the winter test?

The Sarnia Journal has partnered with the nuSarnia Foundation to feature a series of stories promoting active transportation and community wellness.
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What would ordinary life look like in our city if a foot of snow fell overnight? Would your city remain a hospitable, economically productive and safe place to live?

Passing the winter test requires addressing key factors: land use, public spaces, and transit. Winter-ready cities embrace density and mixed-use building patterns, fostering small businesses within walking distance of residential areas. This not only enhances winter resilience but also optimizes land use economically.

These cities create mixed-use public spaces with weather-appropriate attractions, offering alternatives to staying indoors during inclement weather. Additionally, they prioritize mixed-modal transit, enabling citizens to navigate safely without relying on cars.

Past blizzards expose the vulnerability of a city that is unprepared for winter. Without local businesses, inviting public spaces, or safe transit, residents are left stranded, freezing, and anxious about essential supplies.

The winter test serves as a framework to evaluate and improve our cities' resilience, guiding us towards proven practices for a more adaptable future.

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