Add a Walk or Wheel to Your Day on October 2

September 26, 2019
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Parks, Recreation, & Culture
Walk To School

Elementary school students from across Collingwood are being encouraged to find an active way to travel to school on Wednesday, October 2 as part of International Walk to School Day.

Regardless of whether you choose to walk or wheel, there are multiple benefits to active school travel. An active start to the day helps reduce vehicular traffic around schools, improving air quality and creating safer school zones. A walk or wheel to school also supports student learning, as well as physical and mental health.

Collingwood is one of 10 municipalities across the region participating in “On the Move”, an Active School Travel Project lead by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit (SMDHU) and funded by the Ontario Active School Travel (OAST) fund, a program of Green Communities Canada (GCC).

The official launch of the Active School Travel Project will take place as part of International Walk to School Day and will run throughout the school year. The Project directly involves four Collingwood elementary schools, the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, Town of Collingwood – Parks, Recreation, & Culture Department, and the Environment Network.

A local committee including SMDHU, the Environment Network, and Parks, Recreation & Culture will work with the school community to explore active transportation barriers and in turn opportunities to support active school travel. Activities will include events like IWalk Day or Bike to School Week, as well as promotional or educational resources such as videos, wayfinding, and other investments.

Great things happen when we move more. Add a walk or wheel to your day!

Learn more about the Town of Collingwood's Health & Well-Being Programs