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Walking, cycling, and carpooling to school

In Vancouver, almost half of our children travel to school in cars. Most of these trips are less than one mile long.

More vehicles driving to Vancouver schools means more air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, more respiratory health problems, more traffic congestion in front of our schools, more traffic accidents, and more childhood obesity problems.

Below are ideas and resources for you to reduce your carbon footprint while still getting your children safely to school

Walking School Bus

A walking school bus is a group of children walking to school with one or more adults. It can be as informal as two families taking turns walking their children to school, or as structured as a route with meeting points, a timetable, and a regularly-rotated schedule of trained volunteers and parents.

International Walk to School

International Walk to School (iwalk) organizes Walk to School Month each October, which gives children, parents, school teachers, and community leaders an opportunity to be part of a global event as they celebrate the many benefits of walking.

Active & Safe Routes to School

The Active & Safe Routes to School website provides resources, tools, information and links for schools and communities to create their own unique Active & Safe Routes to School program. Schools can choose to implement walking activities to school or at school, through fun and innovative actions like the IWALK Club.

Hub for Action on School Transportation Emissions Project (HASTE)

HASTE is a new project that supports schools and their communities taking action on reducing transportation emissions in British Columbia. It is an online resource and networking centre, designed to help students, teachers and schools improve the health of individuals, communities and the environment.