Stepping It Up: Kids Say Walking to School is Healthy, Fun, and Good for the Environment

Metrolinx in Ontario has created a great web video about the benefits of walking to school, as explained by students. Watch and learn about how elementary school students feel about their walk to school and why they are encouraging their peers to try it.

More Info: Over the past 20 years, in Canada and all over the world, there has been a steady decline in active travel to/from school (walking, biking, etc). Students who could be using active ways are instead getting a ride in the family vehicle, and missing out on opportunities for exercise, fresh air, and social time with friends and family.

Check out the Teacher’s Guide for classrooms that was created to accompany this video: http://tiny.cc/SIUTeachersGuide

STEPPING it UP is a two-part motivational video about the benefits of active travel to school. Watch the other part of the video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XUyslpUCb4

The video is part of pilot project happening in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area – for more information about the Stepping It Uli>pilot project visit http://www.metrolinx.com/mx/schooltravel/default.aspx

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Cool Routes to School at F.W. Howay Elementary

Last December, as part of HASTE’S Cool Routes to School program in New Westminster, students at FW Howay were out of classroom to help enforce vehicle speeds around their school. Equipped with a radar gun and a clipboard, students clocked and measure the speed of cars along Cumberland Street – at street where speeding is often a concern.

Students quickly learned that many drivers do not respect the 30 km/hr school zone limit and witnessed first hand the power of enforcement as cars quickly reduced their speeds upon seeing the orange and yellow vests and radar gun. Many students also commented on how big and noisy vehicles can be and that many of them contained only the one driver.

HASTE’s Cool Routes to School program uses a student leadership model that encourages student to become transportation champions at their school with the goal of increasing active and safe travel and reducing the use and reliance on vehicles. To find out more about Cool Routes to School, please contact Mike Smith, the program co-ordinator, at mike@hastebc.org.

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