Bike to School Week 2017

Getting Started

Bike to School Week events can take place inside or outside the classroom. They can involve the entire student population, students and staff already riding to school, or those most likely to start. Scroll down to find ideas and guidance, as well as supports specific to your region or school board.

Promoting the benefits of biking and active transportation

Many schools recognize Bike to School Week with announcements, displays, and artistic activities. You can find facts and ideas in the School Travel Infographics published by Metrolinx and available here. Peel District School Board has produced several relevant videos including Safety is Everyone’s Responsibility, Get Fit! and Academic Benefits.

You may also download our Event Posters to promote cycling in general or to promote your school event.

Celebrating students who bike

School staff and volunteers can welcome students who bike during Bike to School Week with healthy snacks or other incentives. Students can use our Trip Tracking Poster and stickers to record their trips to school.

Safety activities in the classroom

Ontario’s Road Safety Resource, developed by Ophea and the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, includes cycling-related lesson plans for the classroom and Community Engagement Toolkits for larger activities with students (grades K-12).
www.ontarioroadsafety.ca

The Guide to Ride, created by PHE Canada, includes 10 lesson plans for use in a classroom setting (grades 4-6).
www.phecanada.ca/resources/guide-to-ride

The Young Cyclist’s Guide is a kid-friendly handbook book of cycling safety tips and rules for young riders, published by the Ontario Ministry of Transportation.

Parachute Canada, a national charitable organization dedicated to preventing injuries, has produced many resources relevant to cycling, including a video and bookmark-sized illustration about helmet fit, and a one page handout about cycling safety aimed at parents and guardians.

Toronto Public Health provides guidance on choosing and fitting a helmet, a video, and a link to a 11” x 17” poster.
www.toronto.ca/helmets

Note: many educators find it useful to practice helmet fit in the classroom prior to outdoor activities on bicycles.

Safety and skills activities in the schoolyard

A Bike Rodeo is a bicycle skills event. The Peel Safe and Active Routes to School Committee has published a Bicycle Rodeo Community Kit to support these events in schools and other community venues, available from Peel Regional Police.
www.peelpolice.ca/en/pcsv/PCSV-Bike-Rodeo-Kit.asp

Tips for Organizing Successful Bike Rodeos is a publication of Green Communities Canada.
www.saferoutestoschool.ca/sites/default/files/Tips%20for%20Organizing%20Successful%20Bike%20Rodeos%20REVISED2.pdf

The Kids CAN-BIKE Festival introduces young children to key bike handling skills needed to ride safely on the road. Teaching is carried out by certified instructors. The Festival is the first step in the Cycling Canada CAN-BIKE Program. Contact Andy Wilson at Cycling Canada to find an instructor:
andywilson@cyclingcanada.ca. 613-248-1353 x2606.
www.canbikecanada.ca

The 10 Step Handbook for High School Bike Projects, published by Region of Peel, helps high school students, teachers, and community members work together to get more young people riding bikes to school and for everyday transportation.
walkandrollpeel.ca/projects/pdf/10-step-handbook-high-school-bike-proj.pdf

The Making Tracks program provides safety and skills Leader training in five modes of active transportation: Cycling, Walking Safety, Skateboarding (Skate Pass), Scootering and In-line Skating.
saferoutesns.ca/programs/making-tracks/program-resources

Note: teachers must verify that any external service providers are approved to present in schools by their respective boards of education.

Thinking bigger

Active & Safe Routes to School is an international movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness, led in Canada by Green Communities Canada. The School Travel Planning Toolkit is a comprehensive resource.
www.saferoutestoschool.ca/school-travel-planning-toolkit

In your region or school board

Region of Peel

Walk + Roll Peel raises awareness of the benefits of walking and cycling, promotes trails and paths, and helps to make walking and cycling an attractive recreation and transportation choice. Visit www.walkandrollpeel.ca for an interactive trails map, calendar of events and tips on riding your bike.

The School Trip Planner allows children, their families and the school community to estimate how long it will take to walk or bike to school. It also shows all crossing guard locations so you can better plan your trip. Visit http://walkandrollpeel.ca/map/themap.asp#schools.

Brampton Recreation is offering 2-hour Bike Basics courses in May to help students prepare for Bike to School Week. Participating students earn a cycling prize pack. Visit http://bikebrampton.ca/2017/02/26/take-bikes-basics-course/ for course locations and registration codes.

Contact walkandroll@peelregion.ca, or your school public health nurse at 905-799-7700 or SchoolHealth101@peelregion.ca.


York Region

In the York Region District School Board please contact Julie Anderson, julie.anderson@yrdsb.ca, for more information about supports and activities. In the York Catholic District School Board please contact Sandra Fennell, sandra.fennell@ycdsb.ca.


Toronto District School Board

Order copies of the “It’s Your Head – Use It!” helmet posters, the Toronto Cyclists Handbook, and the Ontario Young Cyclists Guide using the EcoSchools online order form.


For other regions and school boards – check back soon for new information.


Visit biketoschoolweek.ca to register your school and join the celebration!

SO FAR
276
schools have registered for
Bike to School Week!

Schools registered to date

Dr. Marion Hilliard Senior Public School, ScarboroughRidgewood P. School, MississaugaSt. Leonard, BramptonSt. Gabriel School, Burlington Presteign Heights ES, East YorkHoly Family, BoltonSaint John Paul 2 catholic Elementary School , BoltonPlowmans , Mississauga mountain ash public school, bramptonBrock Public School, TorontoIslington JMS, EtobicokeLouise Arbour Secondary School, BramptonDivine Mercy, MississaugaCentennial Senior Public School, BramptonSt. Marguerite d'Youville, HamiltonSt. Teresa of Avila , MississaugaBishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton, TorontoChester Elementary, TorontoGeorge R Gauld, TorontoGeorge Anderson P.S., TorontoKenollie PS, MississaugaHillmount PS, TorontoTreeline P.S., BramptonDerry West Village Public School, Miss.Bishop Francis Allen, BramptonEagle Ridge P.S., AjaxThe YMCA Academy, TorontoSt. Lucy CES, BramptonGeneral Crerar Public School, ScarboroughEllengale Public School, MississaugaSt. Herbert , MississaugaFranklin Road Elementary, HamiltonNorseman J.M. School, EtobicokeSt. Angela Merici , BramptonSt.Benedict , Milton Robert J. Lee, BramptonPauline Vanier , BramptonHomelands Senior Public School, MississaugaSt Andre Bessette, BramptonWaterfront School, TorontoSt. Nicholas Catholic School, BoltonPort Credit, MississaugaBolton C. Falby P.S., AjaxAlexander Muir Gladstone, TorontoWindfields Junior High School, TorontoErindale Secondary School, MississaugaBowmore Road Junior & Senior Public School, TorontoEastdale, Stoney CreekSt. Margaret of Scotland, MississaugaPauline Vanier School , BramptonCanadian Martyrs Catholic Elemantary School, MississaugaSir William Osler H.S., ScarboroughSt. Timothy, MississaugaSt. Raymond, MississaugaNotre DAme CES, NEwmarketWhiteoaks PS, MississaugaAnnette Street PS, TorontoMarvin Heights Public School, MississaugaCarrville Mills Public School, VaughanGood Shepherd, Brampton John Ross Robertson Jr. P. S. , TorontoSt. Elizabeth Seton , MississaugaSt. Vincent de Paul School, MississaugaSt. Faustina, MississaugaSan Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School, MississaugaSt. John Fisher, BramptonSt Michiael Catholic School, TorontoSATEC@W.A.Porter Collegiate, TorontoGrenoble P.S., BramptonElia Middle School, TorontoBurnt Elm Public School, BramptonIsland Public School, TorontoCedarvale Community School, TorontoHumewood Community School, TorontoNelson mandela Public school, bramptonWinona Elementary, WinonaDorset Park, TorontoMary Fix Catholic School, MississaugaAnson Park P.S., TorontoDunlace Public School, Toronto, ONBowmore Public School, TorontoJohn McCrae Public School, MarkhamFairmount Public School, ScarboroughSt Gertrude School, MississaugaCharles R Beaudoing, BurlingtonOur Lady of Grace CES, AuroraSt. Lawrence CES, HamiltonSir Wilfrid Laurier, HamiltonCastle Oaks Public School, BramptonKenollie Public School, Mississaugada Vinci Public School, AjaxSt. Richard school, ScarboroughChris Hadfield Public School, MississaugaJohnny Lombardi Public School, KleinburgHoly Family Catholic Elementary School, BowmanvilleHillside PS, MississaugaEcole James Bolton Public School, BoltonClaireville Public School, BramptonNorman Ingram PS, TorontoSt. Teresa of Calcutta, HamiltonMalvern Junior Public School, TorontoSouthFields Village P. S., CaledonSt. Raphael the Archagnel CES, MapleSt. John Paul II, scarboroughFallingdale PS, BramptonHoly Spirit CS, TorontoPhilip Pocock Catholic Secondary School, MississaugaSt James CS, AjaxHarbord Collegiate Institute, TorontoBrookside Public School, TorontoHerbert H. Carnegie, MapleDewson Public School, TorontoVictoria Village P.S. , TorontoCorpus Christi , Richmond HillSt. Angela Merici School, Brampton Massey Street PS, BramptonWestminster Public School, ThornhillLSt. Isaac Jogues , BramptonSt. Francis of Assisi, MississaugaKew beach Public School, TorontoAlton Public School, Caledon (Alton)st. David of Wales, MississaugaSt. Isaac Jogues School, BramptonWilliams Parkway, BramptonSt. Dominic School, MississaugaCharlottetown Junour Public School, ScarboroughSt Paul's, BurlingtonM.M. Robinson H.S., BurlingtonHigh Park Alternative School, TorontoSt. Agnes , Brampton Gordon Price School, HamiltonChurchill Meadows Public School, MississaugaEllwood Memorial Public School, BoltonMcClure Public School, BramptonDivine Mercy Catholic Elementary School, MapleEdward T. Crowle Public School, MarkhamGeorge P Mackie Junior Public School, TorontoEdenbrook Hill PS, Brampton Carruthers Creek, AjaxMcHugh Public School, BramptonEllwood Memorial PS, BoltonBramalea Secondary School, BramptonGordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, MississaugaRyan Garthson, BramptonSt. John the Baptist, BoltonBrebeuf College School, WillowdaleHoly Cross Elementary, MississaugaQueen Street Public School, BramptonFather Clair Tipping, BramptonSt. Joachim, BramptonJanet McDougald , MississaugaJohn English Junior Middle School, EtobicokeRolling Meadows PS, Burlington Father John Kelly, MapleSt Philip Elementary, MississaugaSt. Ursula , Brampton Judith Nyman Secondary School, BramptonLeslieville P.S., TorontoHeather Heights PS, TorontoSir Adam Beck J.S., EtobicokeOscar Peterson P.S., MississaugaSt. Ursula, TorontoThorndale Public School, BramptonThornwood Public School, Mississauga Our Lady of Mercy School, MississaugaMcBride Ave PS, MississaugaLawrence heights m.s., TorontoLorenville Public School, BramptonRiverside Public School, MississaugaCentral Toronto Academy, TorontoSt. Pius X, TorontoCresthaven PS, TorontoSt. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, GeorgetownWarden Avenue Public School, ScarboroughThomas Street Middle school, MississaugaSt. Aidan, BramptonShaw Public School, BramptonShelter Bay Public School, MississaugaHewson Public School, BramptonTerry Fox Public School, TorontoMorning Star Middle School, MississaugaSt. Pius , TorontoGatestone, Stoney CreekConestoga Public School, BramptonJanet Lee, Stoney CreekUrsula Franklin Academy, TorontoRoberta Bondar Pulbic School , Brampton Siloverthorn Public School, MississaugaValley Park MS, TorontoDavid Bouchard Public School, OshawaSt Brigid Catholic Elementary School, HamiltonMemorial Stoney Creek, Stoney Creek ONDr. Norman Bethune CI, ScarboroughCH Norton , BurlingtonThe Grove Community School , Toronto St. Gregory the Great - Catholic Academy, VaughanGreat Lakes Public School, BramptonCardinal Ambrozic C.S.S., BramptonHartman Public School, Aurora

Coming May 1, take the Bike Month pledge!

Pledge to ride to school or work on Bike to Work Day, Monday May 27 and/or throughout June for a chance to win one of three trips for two courtesy of VIA Rail (to Quebec City, Montreal or Ottawa) or a weekend getaway courtesy of Welcome Cyclists. Contest closes June 18.

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