Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough
Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) promotes the use of active and efficient transportation for the daily trip to school, addressing health and traffic safety issues while taking action on air pollution and climate change. ASRTS Peterborough is a partnership between many organizations including GreenUP, Peterborough Public Health, City of Peterborough, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario, Peterborough Police, The Crossing Guards of Peterborough, and Healthy Kids Community Challenge.
Each year, we work with local schools to implement programs that encourage students to walk, run, cycle, skate, or bus to school. Parents, teachers, and students involved in our programs often remark on the many benefits of active transportation, among them:
- Students become more familiar with their communities and routes to school
- Students build their road sense, learning about traffic and bicycle safety
- Students arrive to school more alert and ready to learn
- Families build daily physical activity into a busy schedule
- Families have positive impacts on air and noise pollution by reducing car use
Read about our 2014-2015 school year in our Active and Safe Routes 2015 Final Report.
Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough was established in 1999 to address health and environmental issues related to school travel.
Our Vision : All students have the opportunity to walk, bike or bus to and from school as a part of their daily school experience.
Our Mission: To realize a measurable shift walking, biking and bussing for the trip to and from school, for the health and well being of our students, communities and environment.
- Increase community capacity to advance the use of walking, biking and bussing.
- Advocate for policy and infrastructure that facilitates walking, biking and bussing.
- Increase awareness and understanding, in the broader community, of the importance of active lifestyles and the supporting built environment
- Improve community safety as it relates to walking, biking and bussing to and from school