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Kids ride free for International Walk to School Week, Oct 7-11, 2013

It's time to get out on the system kids! - photo by Granth

It’s time to get out on the system kids! – photo by Granth

It’s time again for our younger generation to explore their local transit options while making some healthy commuting choices. TransLink is once again joining International Walk to School Week and Month (iWalk).

Starting on Monday, October 7 until Friday, October 11, kids from kindergarten to Grade 12 (high school students need a valid GoCard) can ride transit for free!

Part of TransLink’s TravelSmart schools program, TransLink has been signed on with iWalk since 2006.

Being that the week has been so popular with young students and teachers planning field trips, you’re bound to see slightly heaver loads on some transit routes (I imagine Main Street – Science World will be just one one of many popular locations).

If you or someone you know plan to take advantage of the week, here are a few tips that can make your trip easier for everyone:

  • Travel off peak hours: Plan trips during “off-peak” hours – between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Plan ahead: Use online resources like, Trip Planner or Google Transit. Planning the trip can be a fun class project!
  • Do your homework: Find out if other teachers in your school are planning trips at the same time and the route(s) they plan to take.
  • Consider splitting up large groups: If your school is in an area with a relatively high frequency of bus service – or you plan to use SkyTrain, consider splitting the class, with one group taking the following bus or train.

I’m always curious about rider’s experience during iWalk week. If you have any questions or comments, let me know!



  • By Sheba, October 3, 2013 @ 5:07 pm

    Isn’t it misnamed – if they’re taking transit they’re riding, not walking ;)

    I’ve noticed that schools don’t tend to break up the kids into smaller groups, so they completely clog the skytrain – esp during rush hour.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, October 7, 2013 @ 8:54 am

    Hi Sheba: You can ride or walk to transit. Either way it’s more exercise than driving door to door ;)

  • By Anita, October 8, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    Some bus drivers don’t seem to know about iWalk week and refuse to let students with valid GoCards on to the bus for free and this has caused quite a few inconveniences.

  • By Robert Willis - Buzzer Editor, October 9, 2013 @ 8:58 am

    Hi Anita: If this is something that you have noticed happen this week, please do let me know a.s.a.p. so we can look into it.

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