Active School Travel

Active School Travel

The Region of Peel encourages walking and cycling to and from school by working collaboratively with a variety of community partners to engage schools and youth in active transportation initiatives.

Programs and Projects

Peel School Travel Planning (STP) Project

The school travel planning program addresses school traffic-related issues and promotes walking and cycling to school by working with the school community to develop and implement a school travel action plan. Help improve air quality and traffic safety around your school while improving the mental well-being and academic performance of students through increased physical activity. To get your school involved in STP, contact Peel Public Health at 905-799-7700 or SchoolHealth101@peelregion.ca.

School Bicycle Parking Program

The Peel School Bicycle Parking Program is an ongoing initiative to provide safe and secure bicycle racks to schools in Brampton, Caledon, and Mississauga to help encourage students to cycle to and from school. Since 2015, more than 300 bike racks have been installed at more than 150 schools throughout Peel Region. Applications are currently on hold, but we expect to open for a new round of applications in the spring of 2021. For more information about the program, contact us at walkandroll@peelregion.ca.

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is an annual celebration that takes place each spring across the GTHA to encourage cycling to and from school. In 2019, nearly 600 schools across the GTHA participated in Bike to School Week, including 189 schools in Peel Region.

Learn more about some of the activities at schools in Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon during last year’s Bike to School Week, such as bike rodeos, school assemblies, group rides, and more! You can also find many resources to encourage cycling to school at the Bike to School Week website.

Stay tuned for next year’s Bike to School Week, and watch for registration to open in early 2021.

Peel Children’s Safety Village

The Peel Children’s Safety Village was established to give elementary school children a place where they can practice road safety rules, and reduce the rate of preventable traffic collisions involving children aged one to nine. They offer ongoing pedestrian and school safety workshops for school children throughout the year.

Peel Safe and Active Routes to School (PSARTS) Committee

PSARTS is a committee of stakeholders, including staff from the Region of Peel, local school boards, police, and interested community organizations. The committee supports education and outreach strategies, and policies and programs that encourage students, families and school staff to choose active, healthy and sustainable options when traveling to and from school.

Resources

Peel Ecoschools

The Peel District School Board, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) work together to support schools participating in the EcoSchools certification program. Projects at schools to encourage walking and cycling can help your school earn points towards EcoSchools certification.  Check out TRCA’s school active transportation page for helpful resources including videos, activities, and webinars, and find out more about their work to encourage walking and cycling and reduce climate change impacts across the Region.

The 10 Step Handbook for High School Bike Projects

The 10 Step Handbook for High School Bike Projects was created to help High School students, teachers, and community members in Peel work together to develop programs that get more young people riding bikes to school and for everyday transportation.

Supporting documents:

Bike Rodeo Community Kit

The Bike Rodeo Community Kit includes a guide available for download, as well as an equipment kit that is available by request from the Peel Children’s Safety Village. These resources will allow you to organize your own bike rodeo to help young people practice and develop skills that will allow them to cycle safely and with confidence.

Region of Peel Public Health

Peel Public Health’s school health nurses work with schools to bring together administrators, teachers, parents, students and members of the school community to address transportation-related issues and promote walking and cycling to and from school. Contact your school public health nurse to learn more about healthy living, including Active School Travel at your school by calling 905-799-7700 or e-mailing SchoolHealth101@peelregion.ca

Walk & Bike to School in Peel Videos

These videos encourage parents and their children to travel safely to and from school, and highlight some of the health and academic benefits of walking and biking to school.

Other links and resources

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