Walk21 Active and Safe Routes to School Pre-Conference Workshop Report

Earlier this month, 50 participants from across Canada and around the world spent a sunny Sunday afternoon at a workshop coordinated by HASTE.

Participants had an opportunity to introduce themselves and their work, followed by presentations on different developments in the field of Active and Safe Routes to School. After lunch, participants divided into groups for discussions on the three topics covered in the presentations:

  • TDM (Transportation Demand Management) in high schools;
  • Programs and strategies for rural schools and communities; and
  • Road safety in Canada and around the world.

Avril Orloff, a local graphic facilitor, worked feaverishly throughout the day to create a beautiful mural that captured the day’s proceedings, inspired conversation and creativity during the workshop, and was featured at the final day of the Walk21 conference.

Digital pictures of Avril’s murals, along with the power point presentations of most of the day’s presenters, are linked to below. More will be uploaded soon. We hope they will allow participants to reconnect with the ideas and energy that emerged from the workshop, and provide those interested but unable to attend with some insights into the day’s events:

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Pace Car Program Grants

Safe Kids Canada is offering $500 Pace Car grants in support of the “Walk This Way” Child Pedestrian Program. Decrease speeding in residential communities everywhere by introducing a Pace Car Program in your neighbourhood!

Starting a pace car program in your school community is a piece of cake: Parents sign the Pace Car Supporters Pledge and proudly display the official Pace Car emblems on their cars. By signing the pledge, they agree to drive the posted speed limit. Their cars become a “mobile speed bump” slowing speeding traffic behind them. Traffic is not only calmed on one street, but throughout a neighbourhood. Drivers also agree to be more aware of, and courteous to, other road users, especially pedestrians and cyclists.

To find out more about the Pace Car program and apply for funding to get your started, visit: http://www.safekidscanada.ca/Professionals/Safety-Information/Pedestrian…

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Walk21 Active and Safe Routes to School Pre-Conference Workshop

Before the 2011 Walk21 Vancouver Conference officially gets underway, join practitioners from across BC, Canada and the world for a day of learning and discussion on current topics in school- and youth-focussed transportation. This workshop will be an opportunity to meet practitioners and supporters of Active and Safe Routes to School, and address important and emerging topics in the field, including:

  • TDM (Transportation Demand Management) in high schools;
  • Programs and strategies for rural schools and communities; and
  • Road safety in Canada and around the world.
  • Note: if you have a topic you think should be included, please let us know: info@hastebc.org

A morning of introductions and panel presentations will be followed by a catered lunch and an opportunity to network and reflect. The afternoon will see facilitated discussions, allowing participants to delve into the issues, develoli>ideas, and identify possible next steps for action and collaboration. Graphic facilitator extraordinaire Avril Orloff will be documenting the discussions as they unfold, creating a mural to capture the ideas and issues that emerge.

Where: Multipurpose Room #4 / Creekside Community Center / 1 Athletes Way / Vancouver, British Columbia

When: Sunday, October 02, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Registration is open now, and involves a nominal fee. Attendants will be asked to share their stories and participate in all aspects of the event: please come ready to introduce yourself and your work, and contribute to the conversation. For those regsitered for the Walk21 conference, the workshop will wrap up in time for you to attend the pre-conference walking tours and the Mayor’s Walk21 opening reception, happening at the same venue.

NOTE: You do not have to be registered for the Vancouver Walk21 Conference to attend this workshop.

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Global Children’s Challenge

The Global Children’s Challenge just might be the perfect compliment to iWalk (International Walk to School) this fall. For those looking to take their walking to the next level, the GCC gives classes 50 days – and all the resources they need, including pedometers, maps, etc. – to walk all the way around the world.

“Facilitated by teachers within classrooms, the Global Children’s Challenge empowers children to change their relationship with exercise, their bodies and the environment. The benefits extend beyond making exercise easy and fun – it complements the curriculum, covering everything from geography and social studies to history and technology.”

The Challenge is free to join, but requires an application and dedicated teachers. Registration is open, and the event kicks off on Thursday, September 15th 2011 – so if your class is ready to taking walking to the next level, head over the the Global Children’s Challenge website and sign up: http://www.gccjunior.org

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Register Your School for iWalk: October 3-7, 2011

iWalk – also known as International Walk to School Week – is an annual, week-long, world-wide event held every year in October that encourages students, parents, staff and community members to celebrate the many benefits of walking to school together. Register Now!

Last year in BC, over 23 938 students from 271 schools spanning 45 school districts participated and enjoyed the benefits of healthy and active living with their parents and peers, while helping to reduce school-travel emission and create a more walkable world.

Register online before June 30th to ensure your school receives its iWalk package early: registered schools will receive posters, stickers and practical planning resources to help plan anWalk to School Week in their school community.

For more iWalk information and resources, click here.

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