North Shore Active and Safe Routes to School Workshop

North Shore Active and Safe Routes to School Workshop

Greetings workshop participants. This newsletter will connect you to the people, ideas and resources featured at last week's North Shore Active and Safe Routes to School Workshop. It is also an opportunity for us here at HASTe BC to thank you again for attending the event - your contributions provided the steak and the sizzle that made the workshop so informative and engaging.
Keynote
 
Dr. Mark Lysyshyn, Medical Health Officer for the North Shore, opened up the workshop with a stirring presentation that made a strong case for the importance of active travel for the health and wellbeing of North Shore youth.
Emily Willowbee, Engineering Outreach Coordinator for the District of West Vancouver, shared the work that has been going on over the past decade to address school transportation issues in West Vancouver, and the District's plans for the future.
Call To Action

Carol Sartor, school travel planner and parent advocate extraordinare, shared how walking to school contributes to the life of her family, and how the Safe Route Advocates are working to encourage walking at North Shore schools.
Nicole Foth, Transportation Planner at the District of North Vancouver, talked about the importance of consultation with families at local schools, and the work the District undertook to address the concerns and issues that emerged.
From The Field

Kerry Hamilton from HASTe BC outlined the many ways that active trips to school benefit children and communities. Omar Bhimji introduced HASTe's School Travel Planning model for Active and Safe Routes to School.
Renate Stitch, the City of North Vancouver's Transportation Demand Management Coordinat- or, announced the City's initiation of School Travel Planning, and its Memorandum of Understanding with the North Vancouver School District.
Active and Safe Routes to School on the North Shore - Present and Future

In the afternoon, workshop participants gathered in stakeholder groups, and looked at how active trips to school impacted them, and how they in turn encouraged active trips to school. After a quick game of musical tables, participants regrouped by municipality, to develop a vision for the future of Active and Safe Routes to School in their community. The discussions and decision from the afternoon sessions were documented by a graphic facilitator - click on the image above to view a copy of the mural you helped to create!
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