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
The weather is warming up, and parents are wondering about safe ways to get an active start to the school day, while also avoiding the chaos and congestion of school drop-off zones.
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 is introduced 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.
We are also offering custom route planning assistance (see below), and later, a practical outdoor (and socially-distant) workshop.
Interested? Sign up here for updates:
To sign up for regular CycleWR emails as well, please visit our newsletter signup page.
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
Anonymously, and without giving your home address, get our help in planning an age-appropriate, safe route to school. Here’s an example from last fall.
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.