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
265
schools have registered for
Bike to School Week!

Schools registered to date

Cardinal Ambrozic C.S.S., BramptonCastlemore P.S., BramptonEdenbrook Hill PS, Brampton Burnt Elm Public School, BramptonSt. Ursula , Brampton Kensington Community School , Toronto Gatestone, Stoney CreekBeatty-Fleming Senior Public School, BramptonOur Lady of Grace CES, AuroraSt. Lucy CES, BramptonCastlebridge P.S., MississaugaSt. Ursula, TorontoHoly Family, BoltonRed Maple Public School, richmond hillSt. Timothy, MississaugaSt. Joachim, BramptonMilliken Public School, TorontoGood Shepherd, Brampton St James CS, AjaxFranklin Road Elementary, HamiltonHeather Heights PS, TorontoTreeline P.S., BramptonSt. Margaret of Scotland, MississaugaRolling Meadows PS, Burlington St. Anne Catholic Elementary, BurlingtonDr. Norman Bethune CI, ScarboroughNelson mandela Public school, bramptonLorenville Public School, BramptonPort Credit, MississaugaCaledon East public School, Caledon EastFather Clair Tipping, BramptonErindale Secondary School, MississaugaHoly Cross Elementary, MississaugaOscar Peterson P.S., MississaugaTerry Fox Public School, TorontoMcKinnon Public School, MississaugaChurchill Meadows Public School, MississaugaRiverside Public School, MississaugaIslington JMS, EtobicokeJackman Avenue P.S., Torontokaren kain school of the arts, torontoWhite Haven PS, SCARBOROUGHSt. Jean Brebeuf, BramptonGordon Graydon Memorial Secondary School, MississaugaRidgewood P. School, MississaugaSt. Marguerite d'Youville, HamiltonHoly Family Catholic Elementary School, BowmanvilleEllengale Public School, MississaugaSt. Marguerite Bourgeoys Catholic School, ScarboroughSpringdale Public School, BramptonLoyola CSS, MississaugaSt.Benedict , Milton St. Mary Catholic Academy, TorontoM.M. Robinson H.S., BurlingtonDivine Mercy Catholic Elementary School, MapleFather John Kelly, MapleHanover Public School, BramptonSt Gertrude School, MississaugaSt. Clare Catholic Elemetary, MississaugaBrampton Centennial Secondary School, BramptonChinguacousy Secondary School, BramptonThomas Street Middle school, MississaugaSt. Jean-Marie Vianney, BramptonSt. Richard school, ScarboroughShaw Public School, BramptonNorseman J.M. School, EtobicokeMassey Street PS, BramptonSt. Gabriel School, Burlington George Anderson P.S., TorontoSt. John Fisher, BramptonGordon Price School, HamiltonAnnette Street PS, TorontoDewson Public School, TorontoThornwood Public School, Mississauga St. Isaac Jogues School, BramptonNorman Ingram PS, TorontoPresteign Heights ES, East YorkSt. Lawrence CES, HamiltonRyan Garthson, BramptonRidgeview PS, Brampton, OntarioEllwood Memorial PS, BoltonJohn English Junior Middle School, EtobicokeCarrville Mills Public School, VaughanHOward PS, torontoMcHugh Public School, BramptonBirchbank Public School, BramptonThe YMCA Academy, TorontoThe Grove Community School , Toronto st. David of Wales, MississaugaDerry West Village Public School, Miss.Shelter Bay Public School, MississaugaHillside PS, MississaugaEagle Ridge P.S., AjaxSt. Agnes , Brampton Clark Boulevard Public School, BramptonGeneral Crerar Public School, ScarboroughEdward T. Crowle Public School, MarkhamFairmount Public School, Scarboroughmountain ash public school, bramptonSt. Dominic School, MississaugaSiloverthorn Public School, MississaugaIsland Public School, TorontoSt Paul's, BurlingtonSt. Aidan, BramptonSt. Gerard School, MississaugaKew beach Public School, TorontoSATEC@W.A.Porter Collegiate, TorontoSt. Pius X, TorontoForest Avenue Public School, MississaugaSt Michiael Catholic School, TorontoSt. Francis of Assisi, MississaugaWestminster Public School, ThornhillLJanet McDougald , MississaugaSubway academy II , Toronto George R Gauld, TorontoSt. Raymond, MississaugaDunlace Public School, Toronto, ONst. Fidelis CS, toronotThorndale Public School, BramptonCarruthers Creek, AjaxWarden Avenue Public School, ScarboroughJohnny Lombardi Public School, KleinburgBishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton, TorontoBishop Francis Allen, BramptonGary Allan High School, BurlingtonRick Hansen PS, AuroraSt. Faustina, MississaugaSt. Bonaventure , BramptonSt. Vincent de Paul School, MississaugaPauline Vanier School , BramptonCentral Toronto Academy, TorontoDublin Heights Elementary and Middle School, TorontoSt. Isaac Jogues , BramptonRobert J. Lee, BramptonHomelands Senior Public School, MississaugaAlexander Muir Gladstone, TorontoSts. Peter and Paul Catholic School, MississaugaNotre DAme CES, NEwmarketDenlow Public School, TorontoBolton C. Falby P.S., AjaxMcClure Public School, BramptonSir Adam Beck J.S., EtobicokeAnson Park P.S., TorontoSir Wilfrid Laurier, Hamiltonda Vinci Public School, AjaxElia Middle School, TorontoSan Lorenzo Ruiz Elementary School, MississaugaLouise Arbour Secondary School, BramptonEagle Plains Public School, BramptonEastdale, Stoney CreekSt. Nicholas Catholic School, BoltonHarrison Public School, TorontoSt Philip Elementary, MississaugaHerbert H. Carnegie, MapleCharlottetown Junour Public School, ScarboroughSt. Hilary, MississaugaSt. Francis of Assisi Elementary School, GeorgetownCentennial Senior Public School, BramptonRockford Public School, TorontoPauline Vanier , BramptonWestmount, Toronto, ONMarvin Heights Public School, MississaugaMontrose Publid School, TorontoBramalea Secondary School, BramptonSt. Teresa of Calcutta, HamiltonBrebeuf College School, WillowdaleMary Fix Catholic School, MississaugaSouthFields Village P. S., CaledonSt. Angela Merici , BramptonAlvin Curling Public School, ScarbroughCrestview Public School, TorontoArbor Glen, TorontoSt Brigid Catholic Elementary School, HamiltonCanadian Martyrs Catholic Elemantary School, MississaugaDivine Mercy, MississaugaJohn McCrae Public School, MarkhamEllwood Memorial Public School, BoltonHoly Spirit CS, TorontoBlake Street Junior Public School, TorontoSt. Cecilia Catholic School, TorontoSaint John Paul 2 catholic Elementary School , BoltonPhilip Pocock Catholic Secondary School, MississaugaSt Luke , OakvilleKenollie PS, MississaugaBrisdale PS, BramptonPlowmans , Mississauga Alton Public School, Caledon (Alton)Janet Lee, Stoney Creekst. Fidelis, toronotConestoga Public School, BramptonGeorge P Mackie Junior Public School, TorontoPlum Tree Park , Mississauga Bristol Road Middle School , MississaugaSt. Raphael the Archagnel CES, MapleThe Waterfront School, torontoFallingdale PS, BramptonSt. Gregory the Great - Catholic Academy, VaughanSt. Marguerite Bourgeoys, BramptonOur Lady of Mercy School, Mississauga

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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