International Walk to School Day
International Walk to School Day is an annual global event held on the first Wednesday in October.
Since 1999, Active School Travel Peterborough has joined millions of children, parents, and community leaders from over 40 countries around the world in organizing community-wide Walk to School Day events!
Through the simple action of walking to school, students can positively influence their health and the health of the planet. IWALK demonstrates the positive impacts of local action on issues such as environmental sustainability, physical activity, and safer communities. Last year alone, Ontario’s IWALK event involved 425,000 students from 1,023 schools and helped to avoid the release of 15 tonnes of greenhouse gases; a contribution that helps us all breathe a little easier!
In 2015, we celebrated IWALK with St. Paul CES in Lakefield, Ontario, where students and staff joined Elmer the Safety Elephant, local police officers, and Cool Captain Climate for an outdoor assembly and walk around the block.
Local schools are invited to host their own iWALK event. Promotional materials can be found on Active School Travel’s IWALK page. To learn more about this global event, visit the official International Walk to School Month website.
International Walk to School day was first organized in Britain in the early 1990’s. By 1997, Walk to School Day was being promoted in North America by the Partnership for a Walkable America. Active and Safe Routes to School began championing the event at local schools in 2004, and has held events at different elementary schools each year since then. Last year, millions of walkers from more than 40 schools tool part in this growing celebration in an effort to rally for safer and improved streets, healthy individual transportation habits, and environmental conservation.
Program Contact Information
Name: Jaime Akiyama
Position: Coordinator, Transportation and Urban Designs Programs
Phone: (705)745-3238 x 210