“More walking and wheeling to school means safer school zones, healthier children, cleaner air and better academic performance.” – Ontario Active School Travel
By exploring active and sustainable school travel, you and your students can begin to make connections between daily transportation choices and climate health. As you learn more about the opportunities and barriers that shape our daily travel habits, you can extend the lesson by exploring the impacts of other types of transportation, by finding creative ways to share the learning with your families, or by setting some targets and plans to increase use of active and sustainable transportation.
Get started by meeting Community Climate Hero – Sara Crouthers, who will introduce us to School Travel Planning and the ways that students can become citizen scientists, and change-makers! Then, meet Community Climate Hero – Cool Captain Climate – for a song about active transportation.
Standing Up for What We Stand On
Explore the benefits of Active School Travel with your school community using the Get Active with Walking Worksheets.
Roll and Stroll Checks
Students Walk Audits
Roll and stroll checks, walkabouts, or walk audits are tools that planners use to help them see how easy it is to walk, scoot, bike and roll in a certain area.
Lakefield District PS Active Transport
Students in Mary-EllenMoore’s Grade 3/4 class delivered surveys to the entire school to see what kinds of transportation other students were using to get to and from school. They also conducted a walkabout!
Active Bingo Activity
As you walk around your neighbourhood, can you check all these items off your list? Learn the word in Anishinaabemowan, too!
Ready for Action?
This Landmark video below encourages empowering children by learning how to travel a familiar route, alone or with a friend, at least twice a week. This can include walking, riding your bike, or traveling on public transit.
Making Connections and Taking Action
Looking for Action Ideas? Check out the School Travel Ideas Bank!
Active School Travel Peterborough Programs, Lessons, and Events – take the first step in promoting active school travel in your classroom!
Expand your Action Nationally – using this Canada-wide resource database and searching up ‘mapping’ or ‘transportation’.
Books for All Ages
A curated list of books about bikes by Social Justice books – Check out this comprehensive resource about all things bike.