International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual mass celebration of active transportation taking place around the world every October. Hundreds of Ontario schools participate in IWALK each year, with many holding their events on IWALK Day – Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
Ontario Active School Travel provides the following great resources to help with planning and promoting IWALK events in your school community.
To help keep you motivated to use active transportation all year long, we have created an event calendar that highlights specific holidays, events and activities that you can participate in with fellow community members and stay active together!
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Bike to School Week is the kick-off event to Bike Month, May 27 – June 30, a healthy active living initiative. Students are encouraged to use active forms of transportation such as riding bikes or scooters and walking or rolling to school or bus stops.
Pick one or two days a week to promote active transportation to and from school (walking, biking, rolling, etc.) to students. Some ideas include:
Phys. Ed. Friday
School staff are encouraged to keep track of the total number of metres walked to school and enter it into our new Trip Counter app! This information is then displayed in a variety of ways, including by school and board comparisons.
Create a Kilometre Club at your school where students can get together during recess or lunch and walk or jog around the school yard.
School staff first have to determine the distance of one lap around the yard, so that students know how many laps are required to reach one kilometre.
Popsicle sticks (or something similar) can be used as a method to track the number of kilometres completed by students. Each student receives one popsicle stick for every kilometre completed.
Back in the classroom, students count the popsicle sticks collected by the entire class to get the total kilometres traveled.
Each week, total the kilometres completed by all participating classes for the school total.
Setting Distance Goals
Create distance goals to get students excited about staying active. Some popular distance goals include:
Walk across Halton 45 km
Walk across Ontario 2,100 km
Walk across Canada 4,828 km
Walk around the Earth 40,000 km
Walk to the Moon 384,400 km
Golden Shoe Award
One way schools can encourage participation (and add some friendly competition!) is by making a “Golden Shoe Award” out of an old sneaker that is spray-painted gold. This prestigious award can go to the class with the highest percentage of students who use active transportation to get to school, the class that reached their distance goal first, etc.
Thank you Halton students for helping to make Bike to School Week 2018 so successful!
Bike to School Week began on May 28, and ended on June 1, 2018. An estimated 550 schools participated by biking, walking, and rolling to and from school across Ontario!
Schools were encouraged to host their own Bike to School Week activities.
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School
Students at St. Thomas Aquinas CSS were encouraged through daily announcements over a 2 week period to participate in Bike to School Week. The school generously provided a bike to be raffled off to participants at the end of the week!
Members of the St. Thomas Aquinas CSS environment group the STA GreenRaiders were posted outside of the school each morning during Bike to School Week to give raffle tickets to those students who cycled, walked, and skateboarded to school. As the week progressed, St. Thomas Aquinas noted that they seen an increase in the number of students finding an alternative method of transport to school!
Sarah (pictured below) was the big winner of the new bike! Approximately 70 students participated throughout Bike to School Week at St. Thomas Aquinas CSS.
We would love to hear about any Bike to School Week activities your school participated in! Please send your event details and photos to email@example.com.
Halton Prize Winners!
All schools who reported their Bike to School Week activities across Halton were entered into a random prize draw.
Congratulations to St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Elementary School (pictured below) for winning a $200 Mountain Equipment Co-op gift card!