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Key Statistics on Youth and Cycling

Just in time for back-to-school, PeopleForBikes recently released some interesting new statistics on youth and cycling. The news is mixed, with some really positive information:

And some related statistics that are a bit less sunny:

To see the full picture, click here.

Walking To School Goes Mainstream!

There was a time when only environmentalists and free-range-parents would advise you to let your kids walk to school. Well, there was a time when everyone walked to school, but let's keep this 21st century.

This year, walking to school - or, even better, letting your children do so unaccompanied - officially went mainstream, with an endorsement by that venerable Canadian journalistic institution, The Globe and Mail. To be fair, the editorial notes that walking to schools is "a subversive act" and warns readers that they will "to earn the opprobrium of [their] fellow parents."

But hey, it's a start. Click here to read the full article.

Car Free Schools

This past spring, HASTe helped organize the first-ever Car Free Festivals in Vancouver for high schools. Great events to promote active travel and kick off a car-free summer. Click here to find out more.

Unlearning How to Ride a Bicycle

In celebration of Bike to School Week, here's a video about unlearning how to ride a bicycle, which maybe gets at some undiscovered truths about learning how to ride a bicycle... or something. Worth watching, I promise; this will blow your mind.

 

Bike to School Week 2015 Registration Has Begun

Registration for BC Bike to School Week 2015 is open! Sign your school up for this year's event, to receive a resource package and be eligible to win sweet prizes from our fabulous sponsors. We're aiming to have resource packages in schools by May 1st so don't wait, register today!

Public Transit IS Active Transportation

By: Amanda Frazer, MSc & Dr. Christine Voss

By now you’ve probably heard Canadian children aren’t active enough, and unfortunately that’s nothing new. You’ve also probably heard that getting children and youth to walk or bike to school is one of the most powerful ways to increase daily physical activity. It also goes without saying that young people who walk or bike to school are more physically active during their commute than those who are chauffeured in the family car. But what about those children who live too far to walk or bike to school? Are they necessarily destined for a sedentary childhood buckled down in the family car?

We don’t think so. Find out why after the break.

In our Active Streets, Active People - Junior study we are investigating

Our Story, Our Future

A coherent and compelling explanation of what the upcoming transportation referendum means for the Metro Vancouver region, from a man with more knowledge about and perspective on it than just about anyone. This is a must-watch.

New HASTe BC Newsletter: Winter 2015

A new HASTe BC newsletter dropped earlier this week, highlighting events and information about active and sustainable travel locally, regionally and nationally.

Read the full newsletter, and/or sign up to make sure you don't miss out on future newsletters - we generally send out a new one every couple of months, and they never disappoint!

North Shore ASRTS Workshop

On January 22nd 2015, HASTe facilitated a workshop on Active and Safe Routes to School for stakeholders from across Vancouver's North Shore Region.

While most of the day's proceedings dealt with school transportation issues and ideas particular to the North Shore, many of them are also of universal interest and applicability. If you are interested in learning more about the workshop, check out this newsletter we sent to participants to reconnect them with what was, by all accounts, an inspiring day.

If your community would be interested in hosting a similar event, don't hesitate to get in touch.

NIMFYs Vs. ASRTS

Citizen Shane is a soft-hitting investigative news feature produced by the CBC that tackles human interest stories around Metro Vancouver. Early this year, host Shane Foxman uncovered a simmering controversy in a quiet North Vancouver neighbourhood that pitted local resident's love of their gardens and lawns against the safety of children and families walking to and from school.

Ah, life.

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