Jane’s Walks are free, volunteer-led and open to everyone. All are welcome. Anyone may lead a Jane’s Walk at anytime, but the festival takes place annually on the first weekend of May (close to Jane Jacobs’ birthday on May 4th).
Jane’s Walk is non-partisan and strives to include a variety of voices and ideas in dialogue about cities, neighborhoods, and community engagement.
Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring neighborhoods and meeting their neighbors. Jane’s Walk promotes walkable neighborhoods and cities planned for and by its people.
Jane’s Walk encourages an environment where people choose to walk, not merely as a recreational option, but as a viable and enjoyable way to carry out basic everyday tasks, improve health and increase social cohesion.
Walk leaders facilitate walking conversations with interesting insights and stories about their neighborhood and encourage participants to get involved and share their own opinions, observations, and experiences.
Jane’s Walk does not tolerate hate speech. Any walk that defames or excludes specific individuals or groups is not permitted.
Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities – instilling a sense of belonging, encouraging civic leadership, and fighting social fragmentation.
Jane’s Walks serve as a living, dynamic legacy of Jane Jacobs’ ideas. They explore, critique, and apply Jacobs’ ideas in order to advance local engagement with contemporary city-making and urban planning practices.
Local financial support of Jane’s Walks is permitted, but no fees, charges or any promotion of commercial activities can be connected to the content or activities of any given walk. Any form of support of Jane’s Walk must adhere to the Principles as listed above.