Walk and Wheel to School Week

Walk and Wheel to School Week is a fun, free, week-long campaign that celebrates and encourages students and their families to choose active travel for all or part of their journey to school.

The campaign, includes events, travel tracking, resources and support for schools and parents, information on the benefits of active travel, and prizes for participation.

island-health-logoWalk and Wheel to School Week was held October 2-6, 2017 and was a project of People Power, the CRD's Active Transportation and Healthy Communities program with support from Island Health. The program includes over 15 different projects and initiatives that aim to support, motivate and encourage residents to learn about the active transportation choices available to them.

Congratulations to all schools who participated!

How to Participate

Here's how schools participated in the 2017 Walk and Wheel to School Week:

Register Your School

Schools registered for Walk and Wheel to School Week and received a campaign package filled with giveaways, trip tracking materials and information and resources.

Tracking Participation

For active travel trip tracking, each school received a large poster and stickers to tally the number of walking and wheeling trips made each day. Posters were hung in a visible place so that all staff and students could see it.

There were two types of stickers: shoes for walkers and wheels for wheelers. Each student who walked or wheeled (all or part way) to school received a sticker to put on the poster each day of the week.

Reporting Participation

At the end of Walk and Wheel to School Week, schools took a picture of their poster and completed a follow-up survey for a chance to win some amazing prizes for your school!

Tips & Resources

There are many ways to celebrate walking and wheeling to school! Here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate at your school:

  • School Announcements - promote walking and wheeling during the morning announcements using some of the fun facts provided in the campaign package
  • Walking and Wheeling Display - set-up a display at the front of the school with the trip-tracking poster, swag items and information on the health benefits of walking and wheeling
  • Celebration Station - set-up a celebration station at the front of the school with music, food, games and giveaways for students who walked or wheeled to school
  • Principal's Walk - invite all divisions to participate in a neighbourhood walk
  • Bike Rodeo - host a bike rodeo or a bike parade where students can decorate their bikes and ride together through an on-site obstacle course or through the neighbourhood
  • Drive to Five - encourages parents to drop-off their children at designated locations within a 5-minute safe and comfortable walk to school. Parents can either park and walk with their children or drop them off to walk with others. Download the Drive to Five toolkit to learn more.
  • Walk and Wheel Lesson Plans - ICBC has some great materials and lesson plans for students to learn about walking and wheeling safety in class. Check it out!

We are happy to help provide ideas or additional support at your school. Contact our team for help planning!

Walking and Wheeling Benefits

Cycling, walking and rolling 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

Who participated?

Way to go! These schools registered for the 2017 Walk and Wheel to School week:

  • Braefoot Elementary
  • Christ Church Cathedral School
  • Cloverdale Traditional School
  • Colwood Elementary
  • Doncaster Elementary
  • Galiano Community School
  • Glanford Middle School
  • Glenlyon Norfolk School
  • Journey Middle School
  • Keating Elementary
  • Kelset Elementary
  • Lansdowne Middle School
  • Macaulay Elementary
  • École Margaret Jenkins
  • Quadra Elementary
  • Ruth King Elementary
  • Sangster
  • Sidney Elementary
  • Sir James Douglas
  • Sooke Elementary
  • South Park Family School
  • Victoria School for Ideal Education
  • Westmont Montessori School
  • Wishart Elementary

Prizes

Street Party Pack
Awarded to the school with the most walking trips (per school capita), create your own celebration station time and time again with this prize pack that includes an event tent, table and wireless speaker.

Rack'em Up Prize Pack
Awarded to the school with the most wheeling trips (per school capita), make space for all those bikes with this prize pack that includes a bike rack and installation.

Active Transportation Photo Booth
Awarded to the school with the most social media coverage. Be sure to use #crdwalkwheel for all your Facebook and Twitter posts. Keep spreading the word about active transportation with this prize pack that includes photography items and props.

Early Bird Registration
Schools who registered early were entered to win a celebration station complete with refreshments and a people-powered bike blender to greet students one morning during Walk and Wheel to School Week.

Eligibility and Deadlines

Walk and Wheel To School is open to K-12 schools (public and independent) in the capital region.

Registration

Register by September 15, 2017 to receive a school package (trip tracker poster, stickers and more).

Reporting Back to Win Prizes

Send us your Walk and Wheel to School tracking results and final surveys by October 20, 2017.