HASTe BC Winter Newsletter 2013


 Winter 2013 NEWSLETTER

Hello! and welcome to a New Year, back to school and to the Winter 2013 Edition of the HASTe newsletter. In this edition of the HASTe newsletter we're going to be looking back on an exciting year in active travel, and preview some up-coming highlights for 2013. If you're receiving this, you've either signed up for our newsletter or are someone who we're pretty sure would be interested in occasional updates about HASTe BC and the resources it offers. Newsletters will be released every few months, but you can always check the website for up-to-date listings of news, events and webinars on active and sustainable transportation for school communities.

The "e" Is Silent

A new name and a new look. After four years of faithful service, our original website was looking a little to familiar. So in early 2012 she got rebuilt from the ground up, with a host of new tools and features. If you haven't visited the new site (for shame!) it's running smooth and full of useful resources for encouraging active trips to school – check it out. While we were at it, we also tweaked our name: HASTe now stands for the Hub for Active School Travel, but we kept the "e" around for old times' sake.

Out With The Old

In with the new… and the old. With HASTe's project manager Omar Bhimji taking a sabatycal this year, long-time HASTe staffer Mike Smith teamed up with new-comer Kerry Hamilton to run the show for most of 2012. Now Omar's back, working along side Kerry, and Mike's off molding young minds at the Univeristy of the Fraser Valley – though he still checks in now and then. Slowly but surely, the team grows.

Welcoming Our New STP Communities

The Cities of Vancouver and Surrey partnered with HASTe in 2012 on School Travel Planning and Cool Routes to School. HASTe staff are excited to be working with our new partners, and are facilitating both programs throughout this school year at 10 schools. To learn more about both programs and see if one is right for your community, click here.

Out there!

HASTe staff have been making moves this year. In addition to working in communities across the province, we presented at Building Sustainable Communities in Kelowna, VeloCity in Vancouver and North American ProWalk ProBike ProPlace in Long Beach, California.

Right to Bike

RtB is poised to have a big year! Cycling educators from across BC will be gathering in January to help develop a universal standard for cycling skills and safety training. Once the groundwork has been laid, we'll be organizing proof-of-concept projects to work out the kinks later this year. Watch this space for more details.

School Travel Champions

HASTe is looking to profile school travel champions: community members who have made a difference through encouraging active and sustainable trips to school. If you know someone in your community – a staff person, student, parent volunteer or whoever – who has made it easier, safer or more fun to walk or wheel to school, please let us know!

As we wrap up another great year at HASTe and look forward to the future, we would like to thank everyone who makes our work possible, including: The BC Ministry of the Environment, the Cities of Vancouver, Surrey and New Westminster, ICBC, Green Communities Canada and VanCity Credit Union, and of course all of the school community members – staff, parents and students – who make active travel a part of their school's culture, and their day.

That's it for another edition. If you'd like more information and resources for bringing sustainable transportation ideas, education or action into your school, visit the HASTe Website or contact us at kerry@hastebc.org or 604.347.7704