Supporting active transportation and Edmonton Public Schools

Last night the board voted to support moving forward with promoting active transportation initiatives for our schools.

I moved a motion to support active transportation based on the responses I have heard from parents and community members. Student health and wellness continues to be a priority for our board and I look forward to seeing more work in this area moving forward.

For more information on the research supporting active transportation, check out: http://www.epsb.ca/board/march13_2012/item05.pdf

Progress in this area requires the support of many partners. I hope that other levels of government will increase their commitment in this area moving forward.

September 26, 2012

Board encourages active transportation plans for all schools

Yesterday, the Edmonton Public Schools Board of Trustees called on all schools to have active transportation plans in schools, supporting safe and healthy transportation options for students.  This decision reflects Edmonton Public Schools’ commitment to promote health and wellness for all students and staff.

Active transportation refers to any form of self-propelled (i.e., non-motorized) mode of transportation that uses human energy, such as walking and cycling. These modes may also be combined with public transit for trips to and from school, work and other community facilities.

Active transportation plans have several benefits, including, but not limited to, improved safety of all students travelling to and from school, more students walking and/or cycling to and from school, reduction in car volume, congestion and traffic concerns around schools.  Thirteen schools in the District already have formal active transportation plans in place.

“Our Board encourages school communities to come together to find ways to support student health and wellness,” says Board Chair Sarah Hoffman. “We are committed to providing schools with information on how they can develop and sustain active transportation plans.”

 

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