Active School Transportation

Active and Safe Routes to School is an initiative geared towards encouraging families to choose active transportation for the trip to and from school. Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered (non-motorized) travel such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, scooter, or skateboard. Students who are bused can also be encouraged to use active transportation to get to the bus stop. Active transportation increases physical activity, improves physical, mental and emotional health while also benefiting our environment .

The Issues

  • Childhood obesity rates are increasing.
  • The number of students walking to school has been steadily decreasing over the past 25 years.
  • Automobile dependency is contributing to increasing greenhouse gas emissions and negatively impacting the environment across Ontario.

An Opportunity

In working together, school administrators, teachers, parents, other school board staff, public health departments and municipalities can implement an Active and Safe Routes to School Program focused on promoting active transportation. Green Communities' Canada Walks collaborates with organizations and schools across Canada to help support active school travel initiatives and manages the School Travel Planning process. The Active & Safe routes to school website contains numerous resources to support schools and communities which can be found under the useful links section found at the bottom of this page.

The Benefits

It’s Healthy!

  • Active students are more alert and ready to learn
  • Active kids do better in school and in life
  • Active school travel is an important source of Daily Physical Activity (DPA)

It's Clean!

  • It’s environmentally friendly and can reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  • Schools can earn points towards the Ontario EcoSchools certification

It's Safe!

  • Community safety is improved by adding “eyes on the street”
  • Active school travel reduces vehicular traffic and congestion around schools

It's Educational!

  • Students learn about the built and natural environment through exploration

It's Fun and Easy!

  • Students enjoy social time with friends and the fresh air


Featured Video:

Watch and Learn More

Walking Your Kids to School

Kids Say Walking to School is Healthy, Fun and Good for the Environment

How to Get Active on the Trip to School

Sidewalks are for Kids

Useful Links

Active & Safe Routes to School

The Walking School Bus

Thunder Bay Active Transportation

Thunder Bay Active Transportation Programs

Safe Cycling Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay Health Unit: 2017 School Travel Planning Information Survey Summary Report

Thunder Bay Health Unit - Spring into Active School Travel!

EcoSuperior - Active and Safe Routes to School

Get Active Tips for 5-11 year olds

Get Active Tips for 12 - 17 year olds

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