Walk & Wheel to School

walk-wheelThe Walk & Wheel to School (W&W) initiative is a fun and free offering for schools in the capital region. It’s goal is to support schools to celebrate and encourage students and their families to choose active travel for all or part of their usual commute to school by offering a variety of free resources to help schools run celebratory event(s) when most convenient for them.

Check out our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook which has information, tools and ideas to help your school or classroom run a successful Walk & Wheel to School event.

Changes to the Walk & Wheel to School

Historically, Walk & Wheel to School was run as an annual, week-long event in October. This year, W&W will be transitioning to an on-demand model where schools (or individual classrooms) can access resources throughout the school year to run an event when it is convenient for the school.

  • W&W can now take place any time in the school year
  • W&W events can be run for any duration of time – choose to run W&W Wednesdays, W&W Week, W&W Month, etc.
  • If desired, W&W events can happen multiple times a year
  • W&W can be classroom or whole school based

Schools are encouraged to register their event by email. Registered schools can request a small encouragement prize package. Schools that register and submit Hands Up Survey data after their event will receive graphs showing school travel patterns and will be entered into a draw for a bigger prize in June!

Want to learn more? Check out our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook or contact Climate Action.

Final Reports from Past Years:

Why participate?

In our region, on-road transportation is our community’s greatest source of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGe).

According to a recent CRD-led school transportation study, almost half of all students in the capital region are currently driven to school—and with the majority of those trips under three kilometers—there is significant opportunity for more of our region’s youngest residents to walk and wheel more often.

Active travel can help reduce emissions, improve air quality and reduce future climate change impacts. School communities also see safer streets with lower traffic volumes, meaning less time spent in the drop off line up for families who cannot walk and wheel.

Hosting a Walk & Wheel to School event is an easy way for the region’s schools to encourage their students to build physical activity into their daily routine, increase their sense of community belonging, model safe travel habits, encourage environmental stewardship and reduce their family’s carbon footprint.

Walking and Wheeling Benefits

When we walk and wheel to school, at home, or wherever we need to go, everyone can enjoy the Benefits of Active Travel.

Walking and Wheeling to School:

  • is fun and good for your health and the environment
  • builds physical activity into kids' daily routine
  • supports in-class concentration
  • reduces traffic volumes and congestion
  • reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • reduces personal transportation costs
  • reduces or delays infrastructure costs
  • enhances community connectedness

How to participate

Walk & Wheel has traditionally been a week-long event but your school can choose to celebrate walking and wheeling however works best for you. Check out our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook for ideas on how to host your own event and celebrate active travel at your school.

Schools are encouraged to register their event by email. Registered schools can request a small prize package containing a selection of active travel themed goodies. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Registered schools who submit Hands Up Survey data after their event will receive graphs showing their school travel patterns and will be entered into an end of the school year draw for larger prizes. Please see our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook for more details.

Tips and Resources

There are many fun and inclusive ways to celebrate walking and wheeling to school!

  • School announcements - offer trivia and daily facts about the benefits of walking and wheeling during the morning announcements using information provided in the Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook.
  • Celebration Station - Set-up a Celebration Station at your school by displaying student-made visual art, photos and/or short stories which celebrate the Benefits of Active Travel.
  • Neighbourhood walks - invite all educators to take students out into the neighbourhood on a guided walk. Consider having students complete a curriculum-based learning exercise or try any of the free, CRD active travel learning resources.
  • Walk and Wheel Rodeo - There is no better time to learn outside! Host a bike rodeo or a bike parade where learning groups can decorate their rides and wheel together through an on-site obstacle course or alternatively, through the neighbourhood.

Other Active Travel Resources and Programs:

  • Ready Step Roll - an 18 month active school travel planning program. Each year the CRD funds and develops travel plans for up to five schools in the capital region
  • Active Travel Learning Resources - visit this page for the full list of available resources for school communities and families learning from home.
  • Drive To 5 Toolkit - encourages parents to drop-off their children at designated locations within a 5-minute safe and comfortable walk to school. Families can "park and stroll" to school or "kiss and go", allowing their children to walk independently with others.
  • ICBC Walk & Wheel lesson plans - materials and lesson plans for students to learn about walking and wheeling safety in class
  • Climate Action To-Go Kits - include tools and activities to tune up a bike or track steps while learning about local active transportation routes.

Eligibility and deadlines

Eligibility

Walk and Wheel to School is open to K-12 schools (public and independent) in the capital region. All educators in the region can access our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook to help plan and run their event.

Registration

Schools are encouraged to register their event by email. Registered schools can request a small prize package containing a selection of active travel themed goodies. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Registered schools who submit Hands Up Survey data after their event will receive graphs showing their school travel patterns and will be entered into an end of the school year draw for larger prizes. Please see our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook for more details.

Prizes for participation

Registered schools can request a small prize package containing a selection of active travel themed goodies. Requests must be made at least two weeks in advance of the event.

Registered schools who submit Hands Up Survey data after their event will receive graphs showing their school travel patterns and will be entered into an end of the school year draw for larger prizes. Please see our Walk & Wheel to School Activity Guidebook for more details or contact us via email.

Who is participating?

The following schools have hosted Walk & Wheel to School Week in previous years.

  • Arbutus Global Middle School (since 2018)
  • Braefoot Elementary (since 2018)
  • Brentwood Elementary (since 2019)
  • Campus View Elementary (since 2018)
  • Cedar Hill Middle (since 2018)
  • Christ Church Cathedral School (since 2017)
  • Cloverdale Traditional Elementary (since 2017)
  • Colwood Elementary (since 2017)
  • Craigflower Elementary (since 2017)
  • Doncaster Elementary (since 2017)
  • Eagle View Elementary (since 2019)
  • École Macaulay Elementary (since 2017)
  • École Quadra Elementary (since 2018)
  • Fernwood Elementary (since 2018)
  • Galiano Community School (since 2017)
  • George Jay Elementary (since 2019)
  • Journey Middle School (since 2017)
  • École Keating Elementary (since 2019)
  • Kelset Elementary (since 2017)
  • Lake Hill Elementary (since 2018)
  • Lansdowne Middle School (since 2017)
  • Lochside Elementary (since 2018)
  • Margaret Jenkins Elementary (since 2017)
  • Maria Montessori Academy (since 2018)
  • Millstream Elementary (since 2018)
  • Northridge Elementary (since 2018)
  • Salt Spring Centre School (since 2018)
  • Salt Spring Elementary (since 2018)
  • Sangster Elementary (since 2017)
  • Savory Elementary (since 2018)
  • Selkirk Montessori School (since 2019)
  • Sidney Elementary (since 2017)
  • Sir James Douglas Elementary (since 2017)
  • Sooke Elementary (since 2020)
  • South Park Family School (since 2018)
  • Strawberry Vale Elementary (since 2018)
  • Wishart Elementary (since 2019)
  • Victoria West Elementary (since 2019)
  • View Royal Elementary (since 2018)

Active Travel in the CRD

The Capital Regional District Board Priorities and Corporate Plan have identified transportation as a key regional priority and envisions that residents have access to a convenient, sustainable and affordable multi-modal transportation network.

The CRD coordinates active school travel planning and active travel resources and many other initiatives, including Walk and Wheel to School to support this priority.

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