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Get ready to Walk, Wheel or Roll to School

Tuesday, October 03, 2017
Categories: Great Things, Happenings @ TDSB, School Web Stories

Tomorrow, October 4th, schools across the TDSB will hold events to mark International Walk to School Day. Using an active mode of transportation such as walking, is good for the environment and your health!

 

TDSB Chair Robin Pilkey will be joining the celebration tomorrow morning by walking with students from Swansea Junior and Senior PS. The school’s event will also include music and a morning stretch to get everyone grooving.

 

Back in 2013, the TDSB approved a Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation, committing to supporting active transportation in our schools. Since then, a number of active transportation-focused resources have been made available to schools including the EcoSchools Bike Rack and Cycling Education programs.

 

If you are interested in promoting active transportation within your school community, check out the Healthy, Safe and Caring School Communities section in the EcoSchools Certification Toolkit for some ideas.

 

Walking and wheeling can be a fun way to get around, but as the weather cools and the days get shorter, our visibility as pedestrians and cyclists becomes especially important. Toronto Public Health has a few tips to help us be safe and visible:

  • Carry identification, a cell phone and a whistle

  • Bring water

  • Wear comfortable walking shoes and bright, reflective clothing

  • Dress for the weather

  • Cross streets at traffic lights, stop signs or crosswalks, always walk facing traffic

  • Avoid using headphones and cell phones while walking

  • Tell someone where you are going

  • Check the Air Quality Health Index and UV index before you start your walk

  • Be sun safe

Are you ready to celebrate? Whether you are walking, wheeling or rolling, share your Walk to School Day event with us by tweeting @TDSB @EcoSchoolsTDSB using the hashtag #walktoschool or #biketoschool.

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