Bike to School Month
Any time between May 7 – June 6, 2018
Canadian children aren’t biking as much as they could be. While only 2% of Canadian kids bike to school, 20% of Swedish children do, and a whopping 50% of Dutch kids! Bike to School Month is a great way to learn about clean air, safety, healthy habits, and the simple pleasure of riding a bike around the community. Bike to School Month, together with Clean Air Day, encourages students to experience the joy and independence in biking to school. These events are for everyone: students that can’t bike are encouraged to be active in other ways, like being dropped off a few blocks from the school, or using a wheelchair or scooter. Participating schools celebrate cycling in the way that works for them, whether it’s for a month, a week, or just a day.
By registering, you’ll get access to:
- Free workshops on bike safety and repair (plus a limited number of chances to book our bike blender for smoothies
- The chance to win fun prizes for your class or school
- Posters and stickers to track your progress (limited number available, but we offer printable versions too)
- Ready-made resources to plan your school events and classroom activities, including a list of tie-ins to the Manitoba curriculum over a wide range of subjects
- Support from Green Action Centre—we’re only a call or email away!
Register below in 3 minutes or less!
Bike to School Month and Clean Air Day are over for 2018! Hope we see you next year.
Bike to School Month FAQ
- What is Bike to School Month?
Bike to School Month is an annual event held in May and June every year. Schools can participate for a day, a week, or the entire month, during which the school or individual classrooms can add cycling into classroom instruction, hold workshops or assembly events (which we may be able to provide), and generally encourage biking to school. We have premade resources and event ideas to make it easy for the organizers.
- How do I sign up?
Click on the “Register” button, just above this FAQ! Fill out the short form and we will be in contact with you closer to the event!
- Why should I do Bike to School Month?
Children’s health. Children need activity to develop physically and mentally, but they are sedentary like no generation before them, which has led to an increase in associated health conditions like depression, obesity, and sleep irregularities. Fearing for kids’ safety has also led to a sharp curbing of childrens’ freedom to explore their neighbourhoods independently.
The environment. There is an urgent need to reduce our energy use and shift away from fossil fuels, to minimize the impacts of climate change and air pollution that can affect the development of young bodies.
Strain on teachers. Being active in the morning is proven to increase children’s ability to focus, improving behaviour and academic performance.
Bike to School Month helps address these problems by allowing schools and students to make a temporary commitment to cycling. It can start a conversation about the barriers to biking in the community, such as traffic concerns, lack of safety training, and streets poorly designed for people on bikes. The momentum from events like this can carry into discussions about making active travel easier all year.
- What about kids that can’t bike?
Bike to School Month is an inclusive event, and all forms of active transportation can be encouraged—we like to use “rolling” as a catch-all term for wheeled modes of transportation like wheelchairs and other mobility aids. For kids who live too far to walk or bike regularly, drop-off zones can be set up to allow children to walk part-way.
- I don’t have the time to do this by myself, but I’m interested! Can you help?
Absolutely! We provide ready-made resources and activity ideas for teachers, but “Bike to School Month” is not prescriptive! We encourage teachers to scale the event based on what resources they have available. A strong bike to school” day or week with lots of support and teacher buy-in will likely have a greater impact than more diluted messages over a long period. Many schools have put on successful “transportation weeks” where they explore many different modes of sustainable transportation, including transit. No matter what, we recommend engaging your school community fully: your school’s parent council, sustainability committee, or student green team for help in planning and promoting your events.
- How do I win prizes?
You are entered in our prize draw when you complete our short feedback form after the event, which includes participation numbers. You also get an additional entry for every school you refer to participate. We make sure that schools outside of Winnipeg won’t be stuck with prizes only redeemable in the city.
2018 Events and Workshops
Ideas and Materials
We have some great tools and resources to help guide you in making Bike to School Month a success. For handouts event ideas, and curriculum tie-ins, visit our Resources for Teachers Page.
Who's Participating in 2018?
- Angus McKay School
- Balmoral School
- Binscarth School
- Blumenort School
- Brooklands School
- Bruce Middle School
- Darwin School
- David Livingstone School
- Donwood School
- Ecole Arthur Meighen School
- Ecole Centrale
- Ecole Crescentview School
- Ecole Guyot
- Ecole Laura Secord Schoool
- Ecole Regent Park
- Ecole River Heights School
- Elmdale School
- Fort La Reine School
- General Byng School
- General Wolfe School
- Golden Gate Middle School
- Gordon Bell High School
- Green Ridge School
- Greenway School
- Grosvenor School
- Hugh John Macdonald
- Inglis School
- John G. Stewart
- King Edward Community School
- Laureate Academy
- La Verendrye School
- Lord Selkirk School
- Luxton School
- Maple Leaf School
- Neil Campbell School
- North Memorial School
- Oakbank Elementary
- Oakville School
- R.H.G. Bonnycastle School
- Robert Andrews
- Ruth Hooker
- Seven Oaks Met School
- Shaughnessy Park
- Sherwood School
- South Pointe School
- Southwood School
- St. Boniface Diocesan High School
- Stanley Knowles School
- Stevenson-Britannia School
- Sunnyside School
- Voyageur School
- Waldheim School
- Whistling Wind School
- Winnipeg Adult Education Centre
- Yellowquill School
2018 Prize Winners
Congratulations winning schools! And thank you to Manitoba Museum, Enigma Escapes, and Chaeban Ice Cream for supporting active and healthy kids!
- Winnipeg Jets Whiteout—Donwood School
- Classroom Sweet Treat—Ecole R.G.H. Bonnycastle School
- Bike in Style—Ecole Golden Gate Middle School
- Fun & Games—Angus McKay School
- Day on the Town—Ecole Regent Park School