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Kids ride free for International Walk to School Week, Oct 8-12, 2012

Let's do the iWalk again!

Educating kids on the numerous options for getting around the region is one of TravelSmart‘s initiatives. This year, TransLink, through TravelSmart, is supporting Walk to School Week (iWalk). Over the past six years, TransLink has sponsored this event that allows children from kindergarten and elementary school as well as high school students with a valid GoCard to ride transit for free between October 8-12, 2012.

Here’s some advise for kids who’d like to take advantage of free transit during Walk to School Week:

    • In order to avoid crowds when not commuting to and from school, it’s best to travel during “off-peak” hours – between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
    • Use TransLink’s online resources including Trip Planner or our mobile website to plan your route.
    • Teachers, if your school is in an area with a relatively high frequency of bus service or if you plan to use SkyTrain for field trip during Walk to School Week, consider splitting the class (accompanied by supervision of course), with one group taking the following bus or train.

Please spread the word about this week to other kids and parents. We want eligible students to take advantage of Walk to School Week. You can help us spread the word by printing off this iWalk 2012 poster and posting it where other will see it.

Regardless of the time of day, we can expect to see more people on the transit system during this week. TransLink encourages regular customers to be patient and welcome our new transit users.


  • By Elfren Ordanza (VanTransitFan), September 26, 2012 @ 9:57 pm

    The last time I went on transit with just my GoCard because of this International Walk to School Week, some drivers doesn’t seem to know that it’s walk to school week. … I wonder why … Any answers Buzzer Bloggers?

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, September 27, 2012 @ 9:14 am

    Hi Elfren: Yes, I remember that this happened to someone last year. I’ve brought this up with CMBC and have been told that our operators are better informed this year.

    If you or someone you know if having difficulty this year, please do contact me via and I’ll make sure we inform the operator a.s.a.p. Thanks Elfren!

  • By Jhenifer Pabillano - Buzzer Editor, October 12, 2012 @ 1:18 pm

    Ay! Thanks for passing this along, Reva. We are definitely looking into it!

  • By Eugene Wong, October 12, 2012 @ 6:08 pm

    Trankslink has difficulty speaking to 3000 bus drivers?!?

    How about getting them to skim through this blog?
    How about getting them to read a blog just for them?
    How about forcing them to read notices and alerts on Twitter?
    How about using that amber alert system to communicate to them?
    How about getting staff to change the message on the front and side of the bus to say, “Kids ride free today!”, instead of “Go Canucks Go!”?
    How about ___?
    How about ___?
    How about ___?

    How about proving to us that you are organized enough to speak to your own employees before you tell us that you gave our ideas careful consideration before saying “No!” and then putting them into a folder?

    If you can’t communicate to your own employee, then how do you know that you *can’t* do what I asked you to? Isn’t is possible that the employee that you didn’t communicate with could have done it without any extra effort?

    You have employees spend time creating this free ride service, and marketing it, but you don’t have employees to send a simple message to your other employees? Where did you get staff time to plan this, but have no staff time to implement a simple route alignment?

    If your Twitter service is so awesome, then why would your own employees not read it? If it’s junk for them, then why is not junk for us? Why can’t your big wigs set up a separate Twitter account for communicating internal information? Why can’t you create a new smart phone app to send these updates?

    If you can lay off staff to trim the budget, then why can’t you fire the guy(s) who can’t communicate and the guys who can’t do what we ask? Can they do anything at all?

    Don’t bother sending these questions to other Translink staff. I’m scolding, not suggesting.

  • By Elfren Ordanza (VanTransitFan), October 12, 2012 @ 10:04 pm

    If TransLink supports International Walk to School Week. I would like to see that from the CMBC drivers first. That’s where the confusion began when I started to learn about this.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, October 15, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    Eugene: Many of your thoughts on how to make this program better were mentioned at a meeting we had about the program today. I can tell you that TransLink is looking at how the program can be improved next year.

    Elfren: We’re looking into this very issue. Thanks for the comment!

  • By Eugene Wong, October 15, 2012 @ 3:05 pm

    @ Robert


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  • By Joana Lee, October 2, 2013 @ 6:10 pm

    Hi Translink! I was wondering when the iWalk week was this year? I haven’t found any info on it online yet. Thanks!

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, October 3, 2013 @ 8:47 am

    Hi Joana,

    Funny you should ask. I’m going to be blogging about it today! IWalk 2013 starts on Monday, Oct 7-11 for kids in Kindergarten to 12 with a valid GoCard.

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