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OAST News September 2021
OAST News September 2021

International Walk to School Month Resources, Ontario School Streets Pilot, On Your Feet Challenge, City of Toronto’s Active and Safe Routes to School pilot project and more…

Blind River continues support for active school transport with improved infrastructure
Blind River continues support for active school transport with improved infrastructure

The Town has sourced regional support to implement infrastructure improvements — including a staff parking lot, fencing and grounds improvements at St. Mary’s Catholic School — that were identified during a walkabout of local schools in 2019 as a part of OAST Fund support.

Peterborough’s new active school travel program focuses on scootering and walking
Peterborough’s new active school travel program focuses on scootering and walking

The project is using support from the OAST Fund to create a scooter and pedestrian-focused education and encouragement program called Roll and Stroll; Families Moving Together.

Ottawa: new app promotes active school travel
Ottawa: new app promotes active school travel

Ottawa’s EnviroCentre is set to gamify walking to school with a new tool. The organization is working with Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) to develop and launch a new Walk to School App, called Hop!. The application will offer a fun and innovative way to share resources, information and enthusiasm for active school transportation.  

Rolling Forward with Cycling Skills Training in Ontario Schools
Rolling Forward with Cycling Skills Training in Ontario Schools

Rolling Forward with Cycling Skills Training in Ontario webinar shares existing resources and ideas for cycling skills training in schools to keep programs moving forward, instead of reinventing the wheel in each community.

OAST News June 2021
OAST News June 2021

Read about:
National Active Transportation Strategy, North Bay/Brampton & Caledon AST spotlight, Students Take on Urban Planning and more…

Students take on urban planning in Toronto
Students take on urban planning in Toronto

Green Communities Canada’s School Travel Planning (STP) team in Toronto made use of the challenges posed by the lockdown to involve students in suggesting changes to the urban infrastructure around a school!

Brampton & Caledon: Green lens
Brampton & Caledon: Green lens

A new active school travel initiative being implemented across Brampton & Caledon is approaching school travel through a distinct ecological lens. Led by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA), it will engage students through a unique air quality monitoring activity using lichen.

North Bay: Bridging the Gap
North Bay: Bridging the Gap

North Bay’s active school travel project is a great example of identifying and addressing local active transportation needs through our provincial program. They are utilizing their latest grant from OAST to get Grade 7 & 8 students to bike to school.

Recommendations for National Active Transportation Strategy from Active School Travel Canada
Recommendations for National Active Transportation Strategy from Active School Travel Canada

Excerpts from the submission by the Active School Travel Canada Working Group to the Government of Canada regarding the proposed National Active Transportation Strategy and Fund.

OAST News March 2021
OAST News March 2021

Read about: New OAST Fund recipients, Ajax/Barrie and Simcoe-Muskoka AST spotlight, New OAST Council members and more…

Barrie/Simcoe-Muskoka: Beating the odds
Barrie/Simcoe-Muskoka: Beating the odds

At the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU), the team implementing the On The Move active school travel project faced the twin challenges of a work to rule campaign in area schools followed by COVID-19 in 2020. 

Ajax: Seeking sustainability
Ajax: Seeking sustainability

Ajax is no newbie to active school travel (AST) initiatives. Initial work to get more kids walking and wheeling to school began as early as 2010! But, a grant from the OAST Fund in 2019 helped boost those efforts over the last two years.  

OAST News November 2020
OAST News November 2020

Responding to the ‘new normal’; Timiskaming and Brantford/Brant County AST Spotlight; A bike park with a difference; and more…

Responding to the ‘new normal’
Responding to the ‘new normal’
Timiskaming: Adding colour to the neighbourhood 
Timiskaming: Adding colour to the neighbourhood 
Brantford & Brant County: Building a healthy future 
Brantford & Brant County: Building a healthy future 
OAST News September 2020
OAST News September 2020
OAST News June 2020
OAST News June 2020
A big win for AST in Blind River
A big win for AST in Blind River
New approaches to AST in Markham
New approaches to AST in Markham
Telling the AST Story
Telling the AST Story

This OAST Network coaching session explores the principles of effective storytelling as a way to help strengthen active school travel communications. With examples from the world of AST and beyond.

Signs of the Time: School Wayfinding
Signs of the Time: School Wayfinding

The webinar highlights current best practices in wayfinding for schools with case studies from four different communities: London, York Region, City of Toronto, and Ville de Gatineau.

Social Marketing & AST 101
Social Marketing & AST 101

This OAST Network coaching session will help you develop a basic understanding of social marketing – to develop and integrate marketing concepts with other approaches to influence behaviours that benefit individuals and communities for the greater social good.

Teach Them and They Will Walk
Teach Them and They Will Walk

This Ontario Active School Travel webinar focuses on current and emerging resources and best practices in pedestrian safety education across the province of Ontario, with presentations from three OAST Fund communities: London, Waterloo, and Ottawa.

OAST News February 2020
OAST News February 2020

OAST spotlight Thunder Bay, Winter Walk Day 2020, the new research project that will measure the impact of AST and more…

Winter Walk Day 2020
Winter Walk Day 2020
And the Oscar goes to…
And the Oscar goes to…
iWalk-iWheel News Winter 2020
iWalk-iWheel News Winter 2020

Read about:
Winter Walk Day (WWD) 2020, Reducing Traffic Speed, Walk together Wednesdays and more…

Students “roll” models
Students “roll” models
OAST News December 2019
OAST News December 2019

Read about Training event, North Bay AST Spotlight, On Your Feet Challenge and more…

School Streets
School Streets

Ontario Active School Travel and 8 80 Cities presented this webinar on School Streets on 21 November 2019. Presenters from the London Borough of Hackney, U.K., and 8 80 Cities shared their experiences of planning and implementing School Streets and highlighted resources available to support these initiatives.

Education minister confirms support for OAST
Education minister confirms support for OAST
WSB momentum in Guelph
WSB momentum in Guelph
OAST News October 2019
OAST News October 2019

Read about: Walking school bus in Guelph, Education Minister confirming support for OAST, School Streets and more…

iWalk-iWheel News Fall 2019
iWalk-iWheel News Fall 2019

Read about:
IWALK 2019, Rewarding Students, Student storytellers and more…

Wayfinding
Wayfinding
Engaging municipal champions in Niagara
Engaging municipal champions in Niagara
Journey outside in 2019-2020
Journey outside in 2019-2020
OAST News August 2019
OAST News August 2019

Read about:
OAST Fund Spotlights: Niagara; Study on Barriers to Switching to AST Among Parents; OAST Council News and more…

In the Eye of the Beholder
In the Eye of the Beholder

Learn about the key findings from two recent studies that explored parent and child viewpoints on active school travel

Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough
Broadening the STP conversation in Peterborough
OAST News June 2019
OAST News June 2019

Read about:
OAST Fund Spotlight: Peterborough; Parent and child perceptions of AST; School business officials strengthen focus on AST and more…

More OAST Fund projects
More OAST Fund projects
Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school
Celebrating commitment to a safe walk to school
OAST News May 2019
OAST News May 2019

Read about:
Brockville Walking School Bus; Ontario Active School Travel Fund Round Two; School Zones 2.0 and more…

BikeWalkRoll
BikeWalkRoll
OAST News March 2019
OAST News March 2019

Read about:
OAST Fund Spotlight: Ottawa; Niagara Student Transportation Services launches a walk zone section on its website; and more…

OAST News January 2019
OAST News January 2019
Hamilton launches parent engagement strategy
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 board officials, marked the first step in a two-year process to develop, […]

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 active school travel initiatives, or to help get new initiatives underway, and […]

Summit success!
Summit success!
Ontario Active School Travel Summit 2018
Ontario Active School Travel Summit 2018
Meeting for transportation equity
Meeting for transportation equity
School Traffic Management webinar
School Traffic Management webinar

This webinar explores how the School Traffic Management Program was established, describes challenges of working collaboratively across departments, and relates success stories of this work to date.

School travel council holds founding meeting
School travel council holds founding meeting
Updated STP Toolkit webinar
Updated STP Toolkit webinar

We’ve given the Canadian School Travel Planning Toolkit a major refresh for Spring 2018. The updated School Travel Planning (STP) Toolkit was launched on 31 May 2018. View the webinar recording and slide deck. New features include a Guide for Regional Stakeholders, an additional ‘Keep it Going’ Phase, Tips for Equity, and a Bikeabout Tool. Find out about the School Travel […]

Funded projects announced
Funded projects announced
Our new name is launched
Our new name is launched
“Dirty Drop-off” Webinar
“Dirty Drop-off” Webinar

Dirty Drop-off: Children’s exposure to air pollutants at school tackles the issue of vehicle emissions around schools and the effect on students.

Join our active school travel team
Join our active school travel team
Funding for Active School Travel initiatives in Ontario
Funding for Active School Travel initiatives in Ontario

Up to $100K is available to partnership-based projects that expand active school travel and build a foundation for lasting impact.

Upper Grand rocks IWALK
Upper Grand rocks IWALK

The Upper Grand District School Board (UGDSB) pulled out all the stops this year to promote International Walk to School Day (IWALK). The result: 46 schools participated — 60 percent of all UGDSB schools. Of the participating schools, 15 achieved student participation rates of more than 80 percent. UGDSB credits several factors for its successful […]

Ontario invests in active school travel
Ontario invests in active school travel

ONTARIO IS committing more than $3m over the next three years to roll out active school travel across Ontario.

October is IWALK Month
October is IWALK Month

International Walk to School Day (IWALK) is Wednesday 4 October 2017. Thousands of schools will be participating in IWALK throughout October. If your school is celebrating walking to school this month, register your event to receive a Certificate of Participation. Our resources can help you plan and promote IWALK Day and Month. Share your stories of walking (and wheeling) to […]

The important role of school crossing guards
The important role of school crossing guards

Research shows that school crossing guards can increase rates of walking to school.

Active transportation strategy for Canada
Active transportation strategy for Canada

A  new website urges support for a Canadian active transportation strategy that will boost everyday walking, cycling, and active school travel.

Bike to School Webinar
Bike to School Webinar

The webinar showcases Canadian bike education programs and explores ways to enable students to cycle to school.

Sample School Travel Plans

Sample School Travel Plans: Our Lady of Lourdes School Travel Plan Queen Elizabeth School Travel Plan St. Jerome School Travel Plan Cassandra School Travel Plan Leaside High School Travel Plan Forest Hill Collegiate Institute School Travel Plan

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