There is a single act that can improve our strength, endurance, mental health, and readiness for learning. It can also have a massive positive effect on our community’s environment.
That act is active transportation. And it’s a real-life superpower.
About the campaign
School starts on September 8, and parents are wondering how to get students into classes without exposure to the novel coronavirus on buses while also avoiding the chaos and congestion of school drop-off zones.
But families in the Waterloo region are in luck! Community organizations, including CycleWR, are coming together to help plan, practice, and encourage active trips to school.
This support kicked off with a virtual panel presentation and discussion for parents to address their questions and concerns and review the benefits and logistics of active travel. You can watch the recording now on the CycleWR Facebook page—or further down on this page.
From August to October, we will also offer custom route planning assistance, an interactive online Q&A forum, practical outdoor (and socially-distant) workshops, videos, and games.
We are also willing to work with area municipalities and schools to create 150m ‘School Streets‘ with pylons and maps, to encourage driving parents to keep the school zone clear and drop their children a short distance away. This way, our active travelling superheroes can walk and roll into school safely.
Interested? Sign up here:
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Virtual panel on school travel in COVID times
Can’t see the video? Watch it on our Facebook page. (You can skip the first minute of chatting before we really got started.)
Submit a question or route-planning request
These local organizations are working to enable active transportation in Waterloo Region.
- Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region has some great resources to help you get your kids to school on foot or wheels, and their ‘Drive to 5’ maps highlight safe and legal spaces to park just 2-5 minutes away from schools.
- The Walking School Bus is a program that allows elementary school children to walk to school together, accompanied by adult volunteers.
- Cycling into the Future teaches kids how to safely and confidently operate and own a bike.
- ClimateActionWR is a collaboration between local organizations and community members focused on climate change mitigation.