Another Walktober has flown by! Here’s a small recap of this years event 

This year, October brought very warm weather and lots of sun. This provided a great opportunity for teachers and parents to get their students and kids out and walking to school. This year we saw plenty of kids get out for Walktober, including:

  • 1,298 kids registered
  • 7 schools participating
  • 2 families registered


This year we held a Walkabout at Lord Selkirk school with an eager class of sixth graders. The purpose of the walkabout is to take the kids around their neighborhood and find the positives and negatives for active school travel. It was a warm and sunny day, perfect for a walk. The kids excitedly pointed out all sorts of thing’s and marked them down on their activity sheets. Overall, they gave their neighborhood a good grade for walking and biking but did make some observations about what could be better. 

We also had the pleasure of visiting Southeast Collegiate closer to the end of the month to do a presentation on moving around the city. Students at Southeast Collegiate come from First Nation’s communities outside of Winnipeg and we wanted to help get them more familiar with moving around the city in a safe, active and sustainable manner. We talked about bus routes, cycling infrastructure and lots of resources they could use. It was one of the first presentations we have done for high school students which was very exciting for us. We hope to bring more presentations to teens in the future!



For the first time since the pandemic, our team brought back ASRTS Parents Night, a free evening webinar during Walktober to present and speak with parents on their involvement with walking and rolling to school, or how to begin! Our team presented on the benefits for kids, parents, schools, and the environment when walking and rolling to school, along with the barriers and challenges parents may face. As well, introducing parents to existing ASRTS programs with Green Action Centre and other tips to help get them started.
In addition, we had parents Stephane Dorge of CoolStreetsWPG and Ian Walker of Bike Winnipeg and Love30 join us to speak about their experience in walking and rolling to school with their kids all-year round. The biggest takeaways from this discussion for attendees were:
  1. To help get their kids started in walking and rolling to school, it first began with being a good example as a parent. That was taking part in active transportation themselves to work or for errands and bringing kids along for some of those journeys. This helped normalize walking and rolling to school, as well as exposing their kids to benefits like smiling and waving to neighbours, getting fresh air, and moving their bodies.
  2. Despite what some may believe, walking and rolling to school has had a positive impact on Stephane and Ian’s time management in the morning and after school. They found their journey’s took less time as they were not sitting in traffic for as long as they would in a car.
  3. From Ian’s experience as a teacher in the Elmwood neighbourhood, where more kids tend to walk and roll to school as car ownership is less common in the area, he says he gets to talk more with parents during school drop off and pick up. He says this has become more impactful than an email or phone call home, or, just another way to connect and update parents on students’ progress as the year goes on.
As part of connecting and sharing resources with parents, we also wanted to hear their feedback or concerns regarding walking and rolling to school. The comments we mostly heard surrounded bike parking to reduce bike theft and being unsure of existing programs at their kids school to help them get started.
Our response for attendees and other parents, is to first contact your kids school to see if there is anything in the works to implement bike parking as well as any existing walking and rolling to school programs. If these are unavailable, we suggest connecting with other parents who have similar concerns to form a parent committee, or to join a parent committee, to help move these items forward to make walking and rolling to school more fun, safe, and comfortable.
We also suggest reading our Active and Safe Routes to School in Manitoba Handbook to find activities, tips, and actions you can do to get walking and rolling to school!

“We will definitely sign up again next year. Students enjoyed looking at their neighborhood with a different lens.”

Teacher particiapting in Walktober 2023

Thank you once again to our participants and we hope you’ll join us next year for Walktober 2024!