Active and Safe Routes to School

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Active and Safe Routes to School is a program encouraging the use of active modes of transportation, such as walking and cycling, to get to and from school.

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

View more on the benefits for your community.

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 Clean Air Day, the Commuter Challenge, and International Walk to School Day.

To apply for an After School Active Transportation Grant of up to $500, please fill out the form here.

We can also help you develop a comprehensive School Travel Plan for your school. Contact us for more information.

The Active and Safe Routes to School Program in Manitoba is run by Green Action Centre and is part of the Canadian Active and Safe Routes to School Partnership.

“Off on the Right Foot” Newsletter

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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.

School Travel Planning

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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.

International Walk to School Month

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Participate in International Walk to School Month (“IWALK”) to celebrate active transportation over a day, week or entire month of October!

Bike to School Month & Clean Air Day

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This year, our spring events include Bike to School Month (May) and Clean Air Day to encourage students to walk or bike to school. Register your school today and receive information, resources, event ideas, and prizes to win.

Walking and Wheeling Webinar Series 2013/14

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View all our archived webinars from the series to learn what you need to help you increase walking and wheeling in your community.

ASRTS Handbook & Resource Guide

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The ASRTS Handbook and Resource Guide is available in hard copy to Manitoba schools and communities at no charge. You can also download the guide by chapter or by resource.

Active School Travel Champion Awards

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Nominate an individual, school or other group/project for our new Active School Travel Champion Awards! Deadline is June 15th, 2012!

School & After School Resources

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We have resources available for schools to include in their newsletters, along with information on the School Patrol Program.

Saving Money and Time with Active School Travel

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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.

News

Innovative pilot project generates vital data about walking and biking around Winnipeg elementary schools.

An innovative partnership between Green Action Centre, the U of M’s Civil Engineering Department and the City of Winnipeg will help shape the built environment around 17 Winnipeg elementary schools.

Order your low cost helmets by November 7th

The order deadline is November 7th for the Province of Manitoba’s low cost bike helmet initiative. Learn more here.

Celebrating 10 Years Idle Free

Celebrate 10 years idle free with Climate Change Connection!

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Research

Mobilizing Knowledge on AT in Canada

This report summarizes effective approaches to Active Transportation across Canada, as well…

Widening Kenaston

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.

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Links

Manitoba Healthy Schools

Check out resources for schools and school communities on health, nutrition, physical activity, funding and more.

Active and Safe Routes to School Web Store

Visit the ASRTS Web Store for great promotional items for fundraisers, gifts or incentives.