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Active School Travel

Head back to school actively by choosing to walk or wheel!

Active school travel is healthy for you and the planet!

Sadly, a whopping 42% of children get driven to school in Ontario. Driving your kids to school creates toxic air quality in school zones which can contribute to lung disease and asthma in children. Walk or wheel and be the change!

Choosing to actively travel throughout the school year can make a big impact on the health of the planet and students. You can even choose to start with small steps by leaving your car at home two days a week to help build up the healthy habit. Even that small change can reduce your greenhouse gas emissions by an average of two tons per year.

When cycling remember to stay safe and be seen!

  • Always wear your helmet and bright colours to be easily seen 
  • Have lights and/or reflectors on your bike if biking to/from school within half an hour before sunset and half an hour after sunrise. As we move into fall, it is important to remember the sunrises later and sets earlier.


Did you know young cyclists and anyone accompanying them can ride on the sidewalk? In Thunder Bay, small children with wheel diameters less than 17 inches may ride on the sidewalk. When crossing at an intersection, you are required to dismount your bike and walk across and remember to be cautious when crossing driveways. 

Best active routes

Some schools in Thunder Bay including St. Margaret, St. Thomas Aquinas, Ecole Gron Morgan, and Edgewater Park have signs to show the best active routes to school. The signs show how long it take takes to walk and bike from each location. They are based on the walking speed of a 9-year-old and signs are located every 400 meters or less at student eye-level.

While we love to bike, active travel options include choosing to bike, scooter, skateboard, rollerblade, walk, or find other creative ways to get to where you need to go. You can learn more about active school transportation with Ontario Active School Travel! Get your friends and family involved and get active!


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