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 now being accepted for the 2019-2020 school year – Apply by November 15th, 2019 to receive bike racks before the end of the school year. Download the application package (PDF) and send completed applications to 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, Bike to School Week continued to grow, with nearly 600 schools across the GTHA participating, 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!

Registration is now open for Bike to School Week 2020! Peel Region schools that register by May 1, 2020 will receive a Walk + Roll Peel incentive package, including: a bike helmet, bike locks, water bottles, bike multi-tools, bike bells, bike lights, reflective ankle straps, bike pins, Bike to School Week stickers, and resources to promote cycling at your school! Remember to share your school’s activities on social media using the tags #biketoschool and #walkandrollpeel

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

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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