Active transportation has many benefits, including:
- Ensuring regular physical activity for children and parents
- Safer, calmer streets around schools and neighbourhoods
- Cleaner air and a cleaner environment
- Education for sustainable development and environmental awareness
The Active and Safe Routes to School Program is flexible and can be tailored to meet the specific needs of your school and community. Program components include neighbourhood walkabouts, transportation surveys, walking clubs, walking/cycling school buses for children with adult supervision, no-idling zones, and active transportation events including Bike to School Month, Clean Air Day, the Commuter Challenge, and International Walk to School Day.
We can also help you develop a comprehensive School Travel Plan for your school. Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 204.925.3774.
We have created a number of activity sheets to be used in the classroom, to promote an active and healthy lifestyle.
Internal School Newsletters
We have created a number of short articles that schools can download and include in their newsletters. Please note that if you publish any of these in your school newsletter, that credit is given to Green Action Centre (Source: www.GreenActionCentre.ca). You can currently choose from the following subjects:
- Road Safety
- Being Active
- Making the Case: The benefits of walking or biking to and from school
School patrols are role models at your school that ensure their peers are travelling safely around your school. Visit our school patrol program page for valuable information and links.
The ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth is the most comprehensive assessment of child and youth physical activity in Canada. This Report Card includes new Canadian 24-Hour Movement Guidelines for Children and Youth: An Integration of Physical Activity, Sedentary Behaviour, and Sleep – the first of their kind in the world –and, for the first time, assigns a Sleep grade.
The International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) developed this guide with the vision of all schools in Manitoba and their communities to be sustainable.
Further Reading and Research
Mobilizing Knowledge on AT in Canada
This report summarizes effective approaches to Active Transportation across Canada, as well as the challenges. It identifies six action areas – strategy, infrastructure, legislation, information and promotion – and highlights provincial initiatives for each. Mobilizing Knowledge on Active Transportation: Project Briefing and Highlight Sheets [pdf] (Public Health Agency of Canada, October 2014)
On January 25, Winnipeg City Council voted to approve a preliminary plan to widen Kenaston Boulevard from 4 lanes to 6 between Ness and Taylor Avenues. Read the Green Action Centre brief on the project.
Kids on the Move: Child and Youth Friendly Land-Use and Transport Planning Guidelines for Manitoba
These guidelines were developed as tools for municipal transportation and land-use planners to achieve transportation and land-use arrangements that meet the needs of children and youth — and everyone else.
Winnipeg’s Transportation Master Plan
How we get around Winnipeg is a hot topic for most people. Check out what’s happening with development of Winnipeg’s new Transportation Master Plan and hear what Green Action Centre recommends.
Saving Money and Time with Active School Travel
A comprehensive report on the costs of school transportation in Manitoba and how incorporating school travel planning policies can save time and money while furthering work for safe, active journeys to and from school.