Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District’s (CRD) Active and Safe Routes to School program is launching the inaugural Walk and Wheel to School Week today.
From October 2 to 6, participating schools will provide activities to encourage students and their families to choose active travel for their commute to school. Celebration stations will also pop-up throughout the week at various locations to cheer on participants.
24 schools and 4 school districts from across the capital region have registered for the program which aims to support year-round active school travel. Participating schools received active travel-tracking posters, stickers, guidebooks and resources to support their efforts. Each day a student walks or wheels (bus, bike, skate or scoot) part or all the way to school, they will receive a sticker to put on their trip-tracking poster. At the end of the campaign, schools will share their travel data with the CRD and be entered to win prizes.
There are many activities throughout the week including:
- Walk, Wheel and Waste Free Wednesday and parking lot dance party at Sidney Elementary;
- Snacks for families who “Drive to Five” (drop-off five minutes’ walk from school) and walk to École Margaret Jenkins and Braefoot Elementary;
- Leadership students handing out event stickers to students at Ruth King Elementary.
Active transportation builds physical activity into kids’ daily routine which can support in-class concentration and mental well-being. It also reduces traffic volumes and congestion. By encouraging and supporting the use of active travel for the journey to and from school, the CRD and its partners are promoting physical activity, a sense of belonging, safer streets, environmental stewardship and improved overall community health.
Walk and Wheel to School Week is a project of the CRD Active Transportation and Healthy Communities program, offered with support from Island Health. For more information about ‘Walk and Wheel to School Week’, visit: www.crdwalkwheel.ca.
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications