Walk or Wheel to School

Walking with the Belgravia Walking School Bus

Helping Families Walk or Wheel to School

Join EPSB Trustee Michael Janz, Brian Torrance (Ever Active Schools), Stephanie Kovach (Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues), Julie Kusiek (Tomorrow Foundation) and other guests for a community conversation sharing resources and ideas on how to safely walk and wheel to school.
With the COVID19 pandemic and promotion of physical distancing, more families will be choosing to drive their children to school rather than take the bus. For our neighbourhoods, this will mean more congestion, traffic, stress, and chaos around our schools between pick-up and drop-off times.
For our children, this means more inactivity. Children will be sitting for longer in classrooms with limited opportunity for physical activity. Walking or wheeling — even part of the way to or from school — can have a positive impact on student achievement and overall wellbeing.   
Join EPSB Trustee Michael Janz for a community conversation with EPSB parents about how we can promote public health by choosing to walk or wheel to school. How can we promote healthy schools and healthy communities? How can we grow already exciting and innovative approaches? How can we help community leagues and schools collaborate in a time of financial austerity?
Join us for conversations on tactics and strategies Edmonton area schools have implemented to encourage active transportation for all seasons. Topics could include:

 

Please RSVP at the bottom of the page

 

Background Reading:

EPSB Re-Entry Guidelines during COVID 19:
Transportation

Yellow bus service:
Students with COVID-19 symptoms or experiencing illness will not be permitted on the bus. To help keep students and staff as safe as possible:
• students in Grades 4–12 who are physically, psychologically or developmentally able to wear a mask will be required to do so
• K–3 students are encouraged to wear a mask
• students will be assigned regular seats, using a seating plan that limits close contact with others and requires members of the same household to sit together
• students will respect physical distancing while they get on and off the bus, and staff will remind them of this
• there will be a protective zone between the driver and student passengers
• the bus will be cleaned according to COVID-19 cleaning standards prior to each run, and this cleaning will be recorded by the driver

Families are encouraged to consider getting their children to and from school if they are not comfortable with their child riding on the yellow bus with other children.

From EPSB Active Transportation Recommendations:
https://epsb.ca/schools/gettoschool/transportation/active/
Many students choose to walk, ride or roll to school. 

Active transportation helps to:

• improve safety by reducing traffic congestion in school zones
• alleviate pressure on neighbouring residents and businesses
• promote health and fitness
• reduce the environmental impact of driving
For more information about active transportation and safe, walkable neighbourhoods:

• talk to your school principal
• learn about safe, walkable neighbourhoods at Safe, Healthy, Active People Everywhere (SHAPE)
• school travel planning and Winter Walk Day at Active & Safe Routes to School
Ever Active Schools: 
Ever Active Schools:  https://everactive.org/projects/ast/
Students experience increased health outcomes and come to school better prepared to learn; traffic congestion in school zones is reduced and therefore safety is improved; and greenhouse gas emissions are greatly reduced. At Ever Active Schools, we have plenty of experience working with school communities and building relationships with schools across other portfolios of work. That, combined with our mandate of building and supporting healthy school communities, puts us in a unique position to carry out work within the Active School Travel realm. We work with many partners to resolve barriers to active travel. Our approach to Active School Travel fuses Comprehensive School Health with School Travel Planning, a model that originated with Green Communities Canada and Ontario Active School Travel.

Vision Zero Principles (City of Edmonton)
• No loss of life is acceptable
• Traffic fatalities and serious injuries are preventable
• We all make mistakes
• We are all physically vulnerable when involved in motor vehicle collisions
• Eliminating fatalities and serious injuries requires Edmontonians and the City to prioritize safety
https://www.edmonton.ca/transportation/traffic_safety/motor-vehicle-collisions.aspx

2019 Collisions in Edmonton
(Injuries and Fatalities)
• 2,080 collisions that resulted in injury or fatality, a decrease of 20.9% from 2018
• 2,301 minor injuries
• 268 serious injuries
• 14 fatalities: 7 drivers, 1 passenger, 3 pedestrians, 3 motorcyclists
(Total Collisions)
• 21,943 collisions, a decrease of 8.6% from 2018
• 22.1 collisions per 1,000 population, a decrease of 10.4% from 2018 levels (24.7)
Top Collision Causes
The City prioritizes traffic safety initiatives based on the top causes of serious and fatal collisions in Edmonton.  In 2019 the top causes of serious and fatal collisions in Edmonton were:

• Tailgating (following too closely)
• Turning left across the path of another vehicle
• Not yielding to a pedestrian 
• Failure to observe traffic signal
• Losing control and driving off the road
 

WHEN
September 23, 2020 at 8pm - 10pm
WHERE
Virtual Meeting
CONTACT
Michael Janz · · 780-288-9866
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Marcel Huculak Howaida Hassan Alain Chicoine Linda Hut Caroline Matthews

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Marcel Huculak
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Alain Chicoine
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