WCDSB’S Active Transportation
Active transportation is any self-propelled method of transportation, like walking, cycling, scootering, or skateboarding. The WCDSB supports active transportation as the preferred method of transportation to school because it is a healthy choice that has proven links to greater student achievement. To show this support, the Board of Trustees approved the Active Transportation Charter on May 16, 2011.
Active and Safe Routes to School Workgroup
Members of WCDSB staff have been involved in active school transportation in the form of the innovative cross-sectional Active and Safe Routes to School Waterloo Region workgroup for over ten years. The workgroup discusses methods to make active transportation an easier choice and it also includes representatives from the Region of Waterloo (Public Health and Transportation Demand Management), City of Waterloo, City of Kitchener, City of Cambridge, Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region, Waterloo Region District School Board and the Ministry of Transportation.
School Travel Planning
The WCDSB collaborates with partners to employ a dedicated School Travel Planner who works with school committees to develop comprehensive action plans that result in more students choosing active travel over the long term. The action plan items are chosen by the school community to address the unique issues of that school. A complete School Travel Plan defines goals and details concrete activities involving communications, active transportation programming (like walking buddies), Walking School Buses, and road/sidewalk infrastructure or maintenance improvements.