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.

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.

Clean Air Day


The Clean Air Day Commuter Challenge encourages 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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Join us for our second webinar series starting this September 2013! Learn what you need to help you increase walking and wheeling in your community.

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!

ASRTS Handbook & Resource Guide


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.


Pedestrians, cyclists feel the pain of Manitoba’s worst roads

Manitoba motorists aren’t the only ones feeling the brunt of Manitoba’s massive infrastructure deficit; pedestrians and cyclists are too.

Family Winter Cycling Day a success

Friday, February 14th our Active & Safe Routes to School program and our friends at MEC had a fun-filled day with families looking to try winter cycling…

How to beat those winter blues? Get outside and move!

Find the bright side of winter by trying out some winter events- the Winter Cycling Congress, Winter Bike to Work Day and the Family Winter Cycling Celebration!

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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.

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.

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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.