Walk and Wheel to School Week

Walk and Wheel to School Week is a fun, free, week-long campaign from October 2-6, 2017 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 is 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 Glanford Middle School - you have won the Early Bird Registration prize!

Students and Families - Would like your school to participate? Share this page (www.crdwalkwheel.ca) or the registration poster with your school.

How to Participate

We want to make sure it is as easy as possible for your school to participate in Walk and Wheel to School Week! Here's an overview of how to participate:

Register Your School

Register your school for Walk and Wheel to School so that we know you are participating and we can send you a campaign package filled with giveaways, trip tracking materials and information and resources.

Tracking Participation

Each school will receive a large trip tracking poster and stickers to track walkers and wheelers. Make sure the poster is hung in a visible place so that all staff and students can see it.

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

Reporting Participation

At the end of Walk and Wheel to School Week, take a picture of your poster and complete the 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!

Promotion

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 is participating?

Way to go! These schools are 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
Congratulations to Glanford Middle School - they have won the early bird registration prize! A celebration station complete with refreshments and a people-powered bike blender will 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.