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, behavior, enforcement and educational needs on school grounds and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
Walk and Wheel to School Week is here!
For the week of October 2 to 6, 24 schools and 4 school districts are encouraging K-12 students across the region to choose active travel for their school commute. Celebration stations, dance parties, Walk and Waste-Free Wednesday, Drive to Five, and trip-tracking with stickers are just some of the activities for the week. At the conclusion, trip data will be shared with the CRD and entered to win prizes. 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.