Victoria, BC– The Capital Regional District (CRD) has received a $12,000 Community Wellness Grant from Island Health to host the inaugural Walk and Wheel to School Week. The region-wide campaign will be held October 2-6, 2017.
Walk and Wheel to School Week encourages students and their families to choose active travel for all or part of their school journey as a way to build physical activity into their daily routine. The campaign includes events, travel tracking, resources and support for schools and parents, information on the benefits of active travel, and prizes for participation.
Walk and Wheel to School Week is a kick-start campaign to encourage year-round active school travel. With 33% of students in the capital region currently being driven to school and the majority of those trips being under 4km (CRD Origin Destination Study 2011), there is significant opportunity for more students to enjoy the benefits of active travel. The campaign is designed to provide the foundation for sustained behaviour change through long-term programming. Schools across the capital region are encouraged to register now for this fall’s campaign to start receiving resources and information.
Walk and Wheel to School Week is project of People Power, the CRD’s Active Transportation and Healthy Communities program. The program includes over 15 different projects and initiatives that aim to support, motivate and encourage residents to learn about the active transportation choices available to them. One example is the Active and Safe Routes to School program, in which the CRD is working with over 20 schools across the capital region to encourage active travel for the journey to and from school. Schools are supported through a school travel planning process which provides a strategic and coordinated plan for supporting students and their families to use active travel.
By encouraging and supporting the use of active travel for the journey to and from school, the CRD and its partners are promoting physical activity, sense of belonging, safer streets, environmental stewardship and improved overall community health.
For more information and for schools to register for ‘Walk and Wheel to School Week’, visit: www.crdwalkwheel.ca.
The CRD delivers regional, sub-regional and local services to 13 municipalities and three electoral areas on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. Governed by a 24-member Board of Directors, the CRD works collaboratively with First Nations and all levels of government to enable sustainable growth, foster community well-being, and develop cost-effective infrastructure while continuing to provide core services to residents throughout the region. Visit us online at www.crd.bc.ca.
For media inquiries, please contact:
Andy Orr, Senior Manager
CRD Corporate Communications