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EcoSchools recognizes that schools wanting to make active, safe and sustainable transportation a larger part of their culture need help. The EcoSchools Cycling Support Program was developed to assist schools in addressing their cycling needs by providing them with an opportunity to apply for infrastructural and/or programming supports. To explore the cycling supports available to schools, click on the tabs below:

The TDSB’s Bike Rack program aims to help schools promote and support cycling through the installation of bike racks. The purchase and installation of bike racks acquired through this application will come at no cost to schools. By encouraging TDSB staff and students to ride their bikes, we can promote a healthier environment, increase the health of individuals and prevent traffic congestion. If your school has a proven commitment to active transportation and is in need of bike backs, we encourage you to apply!

What is the timeframe for the project?
 
Ongoing: Accepting applications
June 30th: Deadline to submit application to be considered for spring installation of the following school year
Fall of the following school year:

Successful applicants are notified

An EcoSchools staff member will conduct site visits at the selected schools to determine bike rack placement

Spring of the following school year:

Bike racks will be installed at selected schools

How to apply for bike racks?

All schools are eligible to apply. Schools that are selected to receive bike racks must be able to demonstrate a high level of commitment (at least one EcoTeam action and one teaching and learning related activity) to be considered. We ask for this level of commitment to ensure the bike racks are well used and that their installation helps raise awareness around active transportation. The following criteria will be used to rank applications: 

 
    Rating Values Description
Rating Criteria Weight 1 2 3 4 5
EcoSchools Certified 0.75 Not Certified       Certified/Have applied
LOI Ranking

Elementary = (LOI Rank/474)

Secondary = (LOI Rank/110) 
0.25 81% - 100% 61% - 80% 41% - 60% 21% - 40% 0% - 20%
% of Bike Space to Population 0.50 >10%       <10%
Commitment in the Past 0.75 Assessed based on the number of initiatives, duration, and
level of engagement. See rubric for more details.
Commitment: EcoAction 0.25 Assessed based on the number of initiatives, duration, and
level of engagement. See rubric for more details.
Commitment: Teaching 0.25 Assessed based on the level of engagement. See rubric for details.


After you have read all of the information please complete the google application form and submit it by June 30th.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL BE CONTACTED IN THE FALL OF THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL YEAR. If your school was not successful and you would like feedback on your application please contact Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca.
 
NOTE: Preference will be given to schools who are not receiving EcoSchools water bottle refill stations or large trees in the same application year.
 

For ideas of what this might look like at your school, review the Active Safe and Sustainable Transportation Initiative Ideas resource, or see the examples below.

›  Create targeted communications
 
›  Monitor modes of transportation at your school
 
›  Active Transportation Themed Days
 
›  Host a Bike Rodeo
 

›  Start a Bike Club

›  Clean Air Campaign

›  Include a Teaching and Learning Component

Active transportation offers numerous learning opportunities, and can complement a variety of curriculum areas. Consider incorporating a focus on active transportation into classroom teaching or, for a larger impact, a school-wide learning initiative. Some topics you may want to explore include:

 

Health & Physical Education STEM Social Studies, History and Geography
Active Living Strand
  • Physical fitness benefits of using active modes of transportation
  • Mental and emotional health benefits of using active modes of transportation
Healthy Living Strand
  • Road safety
Examples of real world problems:
  • What are the environmental impacts of active modes of transportation/non-active modes of transportation?

    E.g., how is our air quality impacted by different modes of transportation?
  • How could the modes of transportation that students use to travel to and from school be tracked/assessed/measured?
  • How could changes to infrastructure increase/decrease active transportation in our community?

    E.g., presence or lack of bike lanes, crosswalks, sidewalks etc.
  • How do structures used in active transportation (e.g., bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards) create friction?
Social Studies, History and Geography

People and Environments
  • Cultural patterns and trends of active transportation locally/global
  • Assessing the transportation options and barriers in your school community
  • Plan and design infrastructural changes that promote green transportation within the city
  • Investigating the impacts of various modes of transportation on land use
  • Citizenship responsibilities to advocate for equality/access in relation to active transportation
›  School Travel Plan
 
›  Events
 
›  Organizations
 

Schools can now apply to have a skills-based cycling education program presented at their school, free of charge.

What is the timeframe?

February 28th Deadline to submit application
March Schools are notified
April – June Programs are delivered
 

All schools are eligible to apply. Schools that did not receive an EcoSchools Cycling Education Program during the previous school year will be given priority in the selection process. All other schools will be selected based on a lottery. CultureLink can also provide programs on a fee-for-service basis. Contact cycling@culturelink.ca for details.

The following is a list of programs available to schools during the spring of 2020.

Please Note: to accommodate as many schools as possible, we are only able to offer one free program to each selected elementary school. Secondary schools can select up to two Cycling Education Programs.

Elementary and Middle School Programs:

Program Description Program Length Audience Staff/volunteers required* Bikes required?
Instructional Day
A. Walk and Roll Rodeo
 

Four instructors deliver an outdoor road safety activity organized in six stations: Helmet fit; ABC Check (bicycles and scooters); Signals and Signs; Intersections and Crossing the Street; Awareness and Sidewalk Etiquette; Group Walk and Roll.

A signed Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion Form is required for all students participating in this program. It is the responsibility of the school to collect this form prior to program delivery.

150 min. Gr. 3 or 5
69 – 138 students
1 adult: 23 students No.
B. Bike Rodeo

Four instructors deliver an outdoor riding skills and safety activity organized in six stations. Extra helmets and all signage will be provided.

A signed Parent/Guardian Permission for Excursion Form is required for all students participating in this program. It is the responsibility of the school to collect this form prior to program delivery.

150 min. Gr. 4 or 5
69 – 138 students
1 adult: 23 students Yes.

Students should be encouraged to bring bicycles where possible.

Schools may borrow a fleet of up to 69 bikes, with the cost of transporting them borne by the school.
C. Ready to Ride: Fun and Safety Cycling Assembly

Two instructors present a cycling-focused assembly. During a typical half day, three assemblies can be presented. The school must be able to provide a laptop (with PowerPoint) and a projector with speakers.

25-35 min. Gr. K - 8 Whole school 1 per class No
D. ABC Bicycle Safety Check Workshop Two instructors present a workshop introducing the ABCs (Air, Brakes, Chain) of bike maintenance and repairs. All tools and some consumables (tubes, cables, etc.) are provided by the instructors. During a typical half day, three workshops can be delivered. 25-35 min. Gr. 4 – 8 2 – 6 classes 1 per class Optional

Students may bring bicycles in order to practice the skills in class.

Secondary School Programs:

Program Description Program Length Audience Staff/volunteers required* Bikes required?
A. Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling Workshop

Two instructors present classroom workshops, with interactive elements, about cycling rules, safety tips and bike maintenance. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented. The school must be able to provide a laptop with PowerPoint and a projector.

50 - 75 min. 1-2 classes 1 – 2 (depending on # of classes/students) No
B. Riding Skills Workshop

Two instructors present an outdoor workshop covering starting and braking, steering, shoulder checking, signalling, and group riding protocol. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented; the workshop can also be presented after school as an extracurricular activity. Presenters provide extra helmets.

Students must attend a Ready to Ride: Fun and Safe Cycling workshop prior to participating in the Riding Skills Workshop. Together, these workshops meet OPHEA requirements for preparation for student bike excursions off school property.

75 min. 1-2 classes or after school. If teachers wish to present this after-school we will ask for details about the promotional plan prior to confirming the program. 1 – 2 (depending on # of classes/ students) Yes

Students should be encouraged to bring bicycles where possible.

Schools may borrow a fleet of 33 bikes, with the cost of transporting them borne by the school.
C. ABC Bike Safety Check Workshop
Two instructors present a workshop introducing the ABCs (Air, Brakes, Chain) of bike maintenance. All tools and some consumables (tubes, cables, etc.) are provided by the mechanic. During a typical half day, two workshops can be presented.
50 - 75 min. 1-2 classes or during lunch period. Note: after-school sessions have not been well-attended. 1 – 2 (depending on # of students) Optional.

Students may bring bicycles in order to practice the skills in class

*Schools must commit to providing the designated number of staff/school volunteers to assist with program delivery

**The Ready to Ride workshop, Riding Skills workshop, and an advanced Riding Skills workshop (which can include an excursion off school property) can be bundled into a five-day curriculum-linked program for Grade 9 H&PE, provided by CultureLink on a fee-for-service basis. Contact cycling@culturelink.ca for details.

After you have read all of the information, please complete the google application form and submit it by February 28th. If your school was not successful and you would like feedback on your application please contact Jenn.Vetter@tdsb.on.ca.
 

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