Active & Safe Routes to School is a community-based initiative that promotes the use of active transportation (walking, biking, bussing and rolling) for the daily trip to and from school. The program addresses health, physical activity, and traffic safety issues while tackling air pollution and climate change.
Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) is a proven way to improve transportation safety and efficiency and increase the number of students who use active modes of travel. The project uses a coordinated and systematic approach over a fifteen month to address infrastructure, behaviour, enforcement and educational needs on school grounds and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
School Children Ask Drivers to Please Slow Down!
This fall, drivers who speed through school zones will be hearing directly from the children affected. At six schools across the region, law enforcement will at times hand out a different kind of ticket to cars exceeding the 30 km/hr school zone speed. Instead of fines up to $368 and three points, drivers will be given hand-illustrated cards from school children with the plea to think of them and please slow down. The enforcement campaign will help raise awareness about the importance of safe driving, especially around schools.
Walk and Wheel to School Week a Success!
For the week of October 2 to 6, 24 schools and 4 school districts helped K-12 students across the region choose active travel for their school commute. Celebration stations, dance parties, Walk and Waste-Free Wednesday, Drive to Five, and trip-tracking with stickers were just some of the activities for the week. Check out the Victoria News coverage of Sir James Douglas elementary school's event!
Trip data has now been shared with the CRD and draw prizes awarded. The program supports physical activity, belonging, safer streets, environmental stewardship and improved overall community health. Visit www.crdwalkwheel.ca for more information.
ASRTS Program Goals
- Motivate and encourage increased use of safe, active travel for children, youth and their families
- Identify solutions to address traffic and transportation challenges in and around schools
- Conduct targeted research to support the case for local investments in infrastructure and for policies which encourage sustainable transportation use.