Go Active Travel, School District 46’s multiweek campaign encouraging students and staff to choose Active Travel options started this week and runs through Oct. 31.
“Family Survey feedback in June was overwhelmingly positive with participation higher than in the past. Half of district students walked, biked, or rolled to school. Many parents said they really enjoyed the fresh air walk, the time to connect with their child and less car congestion,” says Kate Kerr, superintendent of SD46.
Kerr continued, “There are multiple benefits to Active Travel – improved student health and well-being, improved community connection, and less vehicle emissions. So, we really encourage families to participate.”
The spring campaign in May-June revealed that walking was the most common travel. Two-thirds of all student trips were under two kilometres in length. Quite a few households tried “Drive-to-5.” This is where an adult drives to about 500 meters of school and then the family walks the rest together. For families who live farther from their school, we really encourage trying this option. Our Active Travel Maps help families view best routes and suggested spots for Drive-to-5. Maps can be downloaded from the SD46 Active Travel webpage where there are more resources.
“All drivers, please go slow. Remember the 30 km/h speed limit near schools. And give school buses and everyone at crosswalks and bike lanes lots of room. We need to keep our youngest community members safe as they navigate their way to and from school,” says Kerr.
TraC is again generously supporting active travel with bike helmets, reflectors, bike lights and more this fall.