School Travel Planning is a proven, cost-effective way to get more kids walking and wheeling to school. And, when effectively coordinated and implemented, it results in positive travel behaviour changes with health, safety, environmental and economic benefits. The Ontario ECO Schools program includes an Active Transportation Campaign Kit to help schools achieve certification through ASRTS initiatives.
A “walking school bus” often entails one or two adult volunteers escorting a group of children from pickup points or their homes to school along a fixed route, starting with the pickup point or home that is farthest from the school and stopping at other pickup points or homes along the way.
Making Tracks was developed in Nova Scotia and is a suite of training and resources to build student competence in active travel by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard, and rollerblade.
The Planet Protector Academy - Keep Cool Program inspires kids to become climate action superheroes and change their families’ energy and transportation habits! It's 6 weekly one hour modules in the classroom combined with at-home superhero missions cover a range of climate action topics, including active transportation. The program is directly linked to school curriculum (Grades 3-6) of Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Ontario (Grades 2-6) and Manitoba.
Active and sustainable modes of transportation enhance employee productivity, health and job satisfaction.
Calculate the impact you're having!
Potential Co2 = Total KM * 0.2242 (assumes mid size car/gas) o Co2 Emitted = Total KM * [Emission Factor based on Mode]
Emission factors – Drive: 0.2242 – Carpool (2 people): 0.1121
Fuel Factors – Drive: 0 – Carpool (2 people): 3.17 – Carpool (3+): 4.75 – Scooter: 7.5 – Transit: 8.9183 – All other modes: 9.5
Source: GHG Protocol
Canadian Medical Association. 2009 statement calls for all levels of government to commit to long-term plans for developing active transportation networks, benchmark progress, and require that active transportation be part of all infrastructure renewal projects
This guide is designed to be used as a step-by-step planning guide to help design, implement and evaluate active transportation initiatives (programs, projects, policies) in your community, as a general resource for individuals interested in learning more about active transportation, or for communities looking to develop a specific active transportation project or program.
This guide was developed with the goal of supporting First Nations populations in making walking part of their lives. The Leader's Guide will support individuals working in public health, community health, education, and recreation by providing them with the information needed to start and maintain walking programs in their community.
Active commuting can provide numerous benefits: health, personal, economic, community, and environmental. This document lists a few of them that you can use to help promote the challenge in your school or workplace/organization.