The Council on Aging of Ottawa (Age-Friendly Pedestrian Safety and Walkability Committee) is looking for volunteers to report on what it is like to walk outside on a winter day in Ottawa.

 I’d like to invite you to help out by being a SNOW MOLE this winter.

 It is easy to be a snow mole

1.     Pick a day when you need walk outside and a destination (e.g. bus stop, library, seniors centre, bank, school)
2.     Use the snow mole questionnaire to audit your walk. Get the questionnaire at
3.     Fill in the questionnaire online or mail/drop off a completed paper copy to the COA, 1247 Kilborn Place, Ottawa, ON, K1H 6K9

 We’ll use the information you and others provide 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 children to participate, as well as people who use mobility devices (e.g. canes, walkers and wheelchairs)

 I hope you will join the Snow Mole team and share this invitation with friends, colleagues, neighbours and other organizations concerned with active transportation, accessibility and safety. Together we can make Ottawa a truly age-friendly, walkable city… even in winter.