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School Streets

School Streets

School Streets is a successful program from the U.K. that has been proven to improve safety, reduce air pollution, and encourage more active transportation. A School Street is a car-free zone in front of a school at peak drop-off and pick-up times. It creates a safe...

Education minister confirms support for OAST

Education minister confirms support for OAST

“Today we’re celebrating a $1.5 million investment with Green Communities Canada. We want to thank them for the work they do in inspiring people to be healthy... I want to challenge each and every one of you to walk to school every day.”                               ...

WSB momentum in Guelph

WSB momentum in Guelph

The school year is off to an active start in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph (WDG). Thanks in part to support from the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) Fund, the WDG Active and Safe Routes to School  Committee is now operating four Walking School Bus (WSB) routes...

Wayfinding

Wayfinding

School communities across the province are running wayfinding projects. Wayfinding signs build community awareness and help students and parents plan their active journey to school by giving information about active travel distances to school. Pictured above are...

Engaging municipal champions in Niagara

Engaging municipal champions in Niagara

Photo caption: Niagara Falls City Councillor and former Olympic boxer, Mike Strange, joins students at Cardinal Newman school for a Walk to School Event. Municipal champions are stepping forward to enhance Active School Travel (AST) in Niagara. Lisa Gallant, a health...

Journey outside in 2019-2020! Plan your Walk & Wheel celebrations.

Journey outside in 2019-2020! Plan your Walk & Wheel celebrations.

It’s that busy Back to School time already, and time to start planning your encouragement events to get more kids walking and wheeling to school. The dates of the four seasonal events are as follows: International Walk to School Day (IWALK) – 2 October 2019 Winter...

In the Eye of the Beholder Webinar

In the Eye of the Beholder Webinar

On 20 June 2019,  a record 190 people registered to attend the webinar In the Eye of the Beholder: Parent and Child Perceptions of Active School Travel. Engaging both children and their parents is critical to the success of any active school travel (AST)...

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

We are looking for a School Travel Planning (STP) Facilitator in Ajax. This dynamic full-time position is currently a 12 month contract, starting in August 2019. Please read the JOB POSTING here. Deadline to apply is 5pm Friday 12 July 2019.

Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough

Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough

Something serendipitous is happening with School Travel Planning (STP) in Peterborough. Led by GreenUP, an environmental charity with a mission to inspire and empower environmentally healthy and sustainable action, the STP program focuses on community engagement...

More OAST Fund projects

More OAST Fund projects

Walking and wheeling to school in Ontario is getting another boost thanks to the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) Fund. Sixteen projects in communities across the province have been awarded grants as part of the Fund’s second round. Successful applications were...

Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school

Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school

Brockville Walking School Bus leader Evelyn Vanolst has been recognized for her dedication to community leadership at an event to honour people who make a difference in the lives of children and youth. Celebrated for her kind, compassionate commitment to the safety of...

International Walk to School Month

International Walk to School Month

IWALK is celebrated throughout the month of October, with IWALK Day Wednesday 2 October 2019. Register and find resources to help you plan your events!

BikeWalkRoll

BikeWalkRoll

BikeWalkRoll is a quick and engaging online survey tool to help understand how students travel, easily collecting and summarizing information on how students are getting to and from school. First developed by Winnipeg-based Green Action Centre, this simple,...

Winter Walk Day

Winter Walk Day

Don’t hibernate – celebrate! Winter Walk Day is celebrated across the province on the first Wednesday in February. Encourage your school community to journey outside on 5 February 2020.

Spring into Spring

Spring into Spring

Organize a Spring into Spring event any day during the month of April 2020 to celebrate the journey outside to school! Walk, wheel, run, scoot, and pogo!

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is the last week of May. Celebrate throughout the week of 25-29 May 2020 by planning cycling and wheeling events in your school community.

We are hiring!

We are hiring!

We are looking for a new School Travel Planning (STP) Facilitator in Toronto. This dynamic full-time position is currently a 12 month contract, starting in February 2019. Please read the job posting here. Deadline to apply is 5pm Friday 11 January 2019.

Ontario Active School Travel Newsletter

Hamilton launches parent engagement strategy

In late November, active and sustainable school travel (ASST) partners in Hamilton came together to launch a new initiative designed to get more parents involved in local ASST projects. The event, which was attended by two dozen parents, public health staff and school...

Ontario Active School Travel Fund now open for applications

Ontario Active School Travel Fund now open for applications

We are now soliciting interest in Round 2 of the Ontario Active School Travel Fund. Communities anywhere in Ontario who are looking to increase rates of walking and wheeling to school are encouraged to apply. Support is available to strengthen and expand existing...

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