We envision a province where all kids can walk and bike to school on safe routes.

The Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program has been working in Manitoba for over a decade to engage communities, and implement meaningful programs to increase children’s mobility. We are the founder and principal delivery agent of School Travel Planning in Manitoba, and a leader among our national ASRTS partners. Since 2009, we have used our award winning STP approach (Manitoba Planning Excellence Award 2012) to create or direct the development of over 40 School Travel Plans (STP) for local school communities, the majority within the City of Winnipeg. Our award winning STP data collection tools are used around the world. In facilitating STP, our knowledge, tools and community engagement capacity (eg. survey tools, mapping capacity, school based engagement, walkabouts etc.) are valuable skills and ensure our programs are both engaging and successful. We have unparalleled experience in engaging all levels of community stakeholders from students, parents, and teachers to local and provincial government staff, in order to ensure everyone has a voice in the School Travel Planning process. We have strong established relationships with many schools and community groups in Winnipeg.
Our team works throughout the province to deliver quality programming as well. Over 100 schools (25,000 students) participate in our annual events International Walk to School Month (October), Bike to School Month (May), and Clean Air Day (June). We provide innovative programming to schools, including over 50 classroom presentations per year thanks to funding from Health Canada, and talk about the importance of Active School travel as it pertains to air quality.

In 2016 we launched our new Bicycle Education Skills Training (BEST) program to 5 grade levels in the Seven Oaks School Division, the first program of it’s kind in Canada that makes bike education part of the physical education curriculum. We actively participate in a variety of research initiatives, including our current project to conduct an unprecedented province-wide school based transportation survey. This project has yielded impressive results, with over 170 Schools across Manitoba submitting school travel data to date.

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Bike Education and Skills Training (B.E.S.T) Program

The Active and Safe Routes to School Program is excited to formally announce our new Bike Education program, called the Bike Education and Skills Training (B.E.S.T. Program). The B.E.S.T. Program was developed in partnership with Manitoba Public Insurance, Bike Winnipeg, and the W.R.E.N.C.H, with additional support from Dave Elmore of Bike Week Winnipeg. BEST Launch at...

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Province Wide Count 2016-2017

Starting in February 2016, the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program at Green Action Centre is conducting a province wide count of transportation modes for Manitoba schoolchildren.

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School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning is an international best practice that brings together multiple community stakeholders to identify and resolve barriers to walking and biking to school.

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“Off on the Right Foot” Newsletter

Check out the e-newsletter for Active and Safe Routes to School in Manitoba. Learn what kids, schools and communities are doing to make active school travel healthy, safe, easy and fun.

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Special Events

Take part in Clean Air Day, Bike to School Month and iWalk this year!

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Research & Resources

Read the research and access the resources you need right here!

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Contact Information

Lea Grzenda and Jamie Hilland
Program Coordinators

Thanks to Our Funders

Thank you to the Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba, Manitoba Healthy Living and Seniors, Recreation Connections Manitoba, The Winnipeg Foundation and the Toronto Catholic District School Board for supporting our program.