While access to public facilities has been greatly improved, local travel patterns and the related physical and social networks of neighbourhoods remain understudied. Personal autonomy and local accessibility are thought to support physical and mental well-being along with a positive outlook on the community, but these goals have not been related to planning standards. This study set out to record the spatial-temporal aspects of activity and relate them to attitudes toward community, using a participant group of 241 individuals in two urban and two suburban neighbourhoods in Montreal. The urbanites travelled farther and more often than the suburbanites. Age and type of disability were unrelated to individual local travel habits, while positive attitudes toward the local community were related to the amount of travel. The mobility-impaired population travelled more extensively although not more frequently in the local environment, compared with the general population, and made extensive use of streets and public spaces. As expected, people who lived further from services had a larger activity field. Mobility-impaired individuals had a substantially larger proportion of long trips (>800m) than did the general population. The results from this study suggest that short-range local travel in a high quality public environment is very important in personal well-being and can be associated with the density and layout of communities.