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January 2017

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Winter Walk Day is coming

1 FEBRUARY is Winter Walk Day across Canada. It’s the perfect opportunity for parents and kids to get outside together and stretch their legs.

For tips on how to dress for winter walking and ideas for celebration events, visit Active and Safe Routes to School. You’ll find Winter Walk Day resources available for download, including posters, sample announcements, and sticker templates.

Schools celebrating Winter Walk Day in February can register their event online and receive a certificate of participation from Canada Walks:

Follow Canada Walks on Twitter (@CanadaWalks) or Facebook for regular Winter Walk Day news and updates. Don’t forget to share your experiences with the hashtag #WinterWalkDay and #WalktoSchool

Winter Walk Day photo contest

SHARE THE magic of your winter walking experiences by entering our Winter Walk Photo Contest. Entry is simple: submit your photo to the contest by posting it on Facebook, Twitter OR Instagram with the hashtag #winterwalkphoto any time before the end of March 2017. You can also submit your photo by email at

Canada Walks will review the entries each month and feature the most inspiring photos in subsequent newsletters for subscribers across Canada to enjoy.

Take the roof off winter

NOVA SCOTIA is promoting winter walking with its Take the Roof Off Winter campaign. Schools and youth groups can register to receive promotional materials and be entered into a draw to win one of two Mountain Equipment Co-op $50 gift cards. More information here.

Students urge peers to ditch the car for trips to school

FOREST HILL Collegiate Institute students say there are lots of reasons to reconsider getting a drive to and from school.

In addition to relieving traffic congestion and making the school commute safer for those who walk or bike, the Toronto school’s “Walk/Bike/TTC” campaign reminds students that active and sustainable modes of travel are also good for the environment, their health, and their bank account.

“Maintaining a bike maxes out at around $150/year, and walking is free,” explains Ryan Whitcher, a member of the school travel planning committee.

Forest Hill students are part of a broader School Travel Planning project organized by Green Communities Canada working to promote active and sustainable school travel through walking, cycling and transit use.

Improving the safety of Active School Travel

THE MIDDLESEX-London Health Unit released a new report Improving Safety of Active School Travel through Decreasing Traffic Speeds: a Literature Review and Policy Scan.

The project was undertaken for the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) Partnership of Elgin-St. Thomas, London, Middlesex, and Oxford (ELMO). However, the findings apply to any community looking to increase the safety of active school travel. The report identifies the most successful interventions for reducing school zone traffic speeds. Also included is contextual background a discussion of implications for increasing active school travel.

Download the report here.

Walk 21 - call for abstracts

THE CALL for contributions to Walk21 Calgary is now open. The September 2017 conference will examine how walking fosters healthy and vibrant communities, and encourages cities to become more resilient and sustainable. Abstracts will be accepted until 10 February.

Getting to school safely 

SAFE Walk program, has increased school attendance in one Scarborough, ON neighbourhood.

The project was started by volunteers in partnership with police, community housing, and a city councilor.

Seven years ago, many parents and students feared the walk to school due to neighbourhood violence, and many students stayed home. That’s when a group of volunteers started walking around the neighbourhood, gathering children along the way and walking them to school. The Safe Walk program began with 20 participants and is now used by about 80 children each day.

Halifax marks one year with zero pedestrian deaths

IMPROVED VISIBILITY at crosswalks, awareness campaigns, and heightened police enforcement are credited with eliminating pedestrian deaths in Halifax in 2016. Way to go, Halifax.

Walkers are shoppers

A RECENT study of shopping habits on Queen Street West in Toronto’s Parkdale neighbourhood found that 72% of shoppers use active transportation to shop, and 53% arrive on foot. Only 4% drive. The findings are in stark contrast to the belief of many merchants that accommodating pedestrians and cyclists at the expense of parking spots will hurt business. In fact, the study reports shoppers arriving on foot or by bike are by far the biggest spenders.
profiles actions to help create communities where walking is safe, easy, enjoyable, and inviting. Donate to the Green Communities Foundation to provide vital support for this work. Just click on the DONATE button and indicate in the comments section that you'd like your gift to go to the work of Canada Walks.

Join the IWALK/IWHEEL Club

SIGN UP for the IWALK/IWHEEL Club, a great way to encourage students and families to leave the car at home and walk or cycle to school all year long. Students receive their own “club card” to track their active travel trips throughout the year and classes can engage in friendly competition. Register and receive iwalk-iwheel waterless tattoos to use as student incentives.

Your ideas please

If you have story ideas or walking news you'd like to share, please send to us at Be sure to include your contact details. 

Canada Walks workshops and services

CANADA WALKS offers a variety of customized services, including webinars, half- and full-day on-site workshops, and intensive community visits. School Travel Planning training is also now available. Training is offered in a modular format so that each community can learn about topics relevant to their current level of experience with active school travel. Contact Kate Berry to learn more.

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