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›  Spring Walk and Roll to School Day

Significance: May 4th to 10th, 2015 has been declared by the United Nations as Global Road Safety Week and the theme this year is children. Parachute Canada has an annual public awareness campaign called Safe Kids Week, which also takes place May 4th to 10th, and their theme for 2015 is promotion and awareness of cycling and road safety in communities across Canada.

Spring Walk and Roll to School Day: One way that some schools in Toronto are choosing to participate in Safe Kids Week/Global Road Safety Week is to host a Spring Walk and Roll to School Day. We have chosen Wednesday, May 6th as the date. Schools spearheading the initiative this year include Cassandra Public School and Annunciation Catholic School in North York.

Details: On May 6th, families will be encouraged to leave the car at home to promote an active, healthy, environmentally-friendly, and safe trip to school. Schools are encouraged to celebrate the day with stickers, raffle prizes (e.g. bike lights, umbrellas, pedometers), a fun lap around the school (especially if there are many bus students), wearing the colour green, and potentially hosting a special assembly.

Walking and rolling to school is about creating a greater sense of community, enhancing the safety of school neighbourhoods, being kind to the environment and our bodies, and simply having fun.

In the weeks leading up to the event, schools are encouraged to make announcements, posters, and put messages in their newsletter.

We recognize that not all families live close enough to walk or roll, so for those travelling long distances we encourage them to park several blocks away this day and walk the last leg of the trip, or take the TTC! (free for children under 12).

For sample messages, materials, or assembly ideas, schools can contact Katie Wittmann at

Note: Including the word ‘Roll’ is meant to be inclusive of those using mobility devices such as wheelchairs, and to include cycling, roller blading, and/or using a scooter. All active modes are encouraged!

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›  Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a celebration of cycling and active transportation. This year students and teachers across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) will celebrate the first-ever joint Bike to School Week, May 25th - 29th.

To participate, visit and register your school's event.

There you will also find:

  • Downloadable posters to assist in the promotion of your event.
    Note: Bike to School Week colour posters can be requested by emailing In your email, please include the quantity you wish to receive (max of 10 posters/school)
  • A resource list including free lesson plans for use in the classroom, as well as guides for other types of cycling events both within and beyond the instructional day

Win Bike Racks for your School!

TDSB Schools that complete a short and easy follow-up survey following the completion of their event will receive a certificate of participation and will be entered to win bike racks for their school. Four schools will be selected to receive bike racks based on need and the percentage of their school population that participated in the event.

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