Car Free Wednesdays
Building a little active transportation into the day is a great way to easily increase daily physical activity levels, and we know our kids need it. Only 14% of kids aged 5-11 meet Canadian activity targets of 60 minutes each day. By walking, biking, or riding their scooter to school, kids can gain on average 10-40 minutes of activity each day!
To encourage them along, Active and Safe Routes to School has expanded the Car Free School Days program to run every Wednesday, and has created new ways to play.
- Use the simple promo package to remind students to walk, roll, or bus every Wednesday
- Register for prizes by completing quick monthly surveys that track student travel choices.
….and, wait! There is more! We have also included a new way to travel to school called ‘park and stride’. Families who must drive can park a few blocks from the school and then stride, or walk, the rest of the way. This helps to reduce congestion and emissions around the school, making for a healthier, safer environment. It also gives kids a chance to meet up with friends and get a little exercise before the school day begins. Studies show that even a quick burst of activity in the morning helps to improve focus and behaviours through the day.
If you are a teacher, principal, student, or parent who would like promotional materials or to register for prizes, please contact Jaime for more information.
Car Free Wednesdays is an annual program of Active and Safe Routes to School Peterborough. The Car Free School Days program was first piloted in 2008 at two local schools with funding from Transport Canada. Since then, the program has grown into Car Free Wednesdays, and is now offered to all elementary schools in the city and county of Peterborough.
Program Contact Information
Name: Jaime Akiyama
Position: Transportation and Urban Design Programs Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 210