Happy Town - More Walkable, Bicycle Friendly Town
Research has shown that people who live in suburbs are much less trusting of other people than people who live in walkable neighborhoods where housing is mixed with shops, services, and places to work. This is because they have far fewer relationships with people who live nearby. And yet the overwhelming message of happiness research is that relationships with other people have the biggest influence on our happiness.
For Oakville to be a more livable city we must reduce the dependency on a car to get around and the sprawl of developments that require a car. The only solution to traffic is to get people out of their cars. Luckily, this solution also costs less and builds the wealth of our local economy rather than draining it. "Road expansion is to a city like candy and cookies are to your body. It has also been described as 'trying to cure obesity by loosening your belt'".