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Kids and high school students ride free for International Walk to School Week, Oct 6-10, 2014

International Walk to School Week (IWALK) is October 6 to 10!

International Walk to School Week (iWalk) is October 6 to 10!

Once again, TransLink is inviting children and high school students to ride for free during International Walk to School Week (iWalk) from October 6 to 10!

Note: Regular fares apply to adults accompanying children and high school students on the system. 

Did you know?

  • Two of three Canadian children are not getting enough exercise each day.
  • Active school travel can increase a child’s ability to concentrate.

TransLink has been supporting iWalk for the past seven years. It is part of the TravelSmart for Schools initiative for children, educating them about all of their travel options and building a future generation of transit riders.

Both walking and taking transit promotes good health and independence, while keeping greenhouse gases to a minimum. Our transit system is fully accessible to riders of all abilities.

This year we’re adding something new. TravelSmart is launching Walktober – a month long campaign to encourage walking to school, walking to work and walking for pleasure!

To make walking even more fun, TravelSmart is hosting a geocache challenge for the month of October! Find out how you can win prizes by hunting down one of the nine TravelSmart caches hidden throughout Metro Vancouver. Start now!

Plan a field trip!

If you’re a teacher, it’s a perfect time to take advantage of this offer by organizing a field trip during iWalk. Here are some tips:

  • Travel off peak hours: Try planning trips during “off-peak” hours – between 9:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
  • Plan ahead: Use TransLink’s online resources including the Trip Planneror Translink’s mobile website with real-time Next Bus. Planning the trip could be a fun class project in itself!
  • Play: TravelSmart’s online interactive game, Tripsters, is a fun way for kids to learn about walking, cycling, carpooling and public transit as well as a great way to engage children about transportation issues in the region.
  • Author: Allen Tung

7 Comments

  • By Ashley, October 6, 2014 @ 4:57 pm

    So, despite this being a thing, I’ve had two different bus drivers tell me that I have the wrong date for this. And this is after showing them this post as well as the one on Facebook. Gotta love those drivers who get joy out of being jerks :)

  • By zach, October 6, 2014 @ 9:11 pm

    I too have been refused bus trip and made to pay full fare after being told I’m not a student because I have a full beard and laughed at by the driver and several other patrons. I would ask that drivers issue a transfer because the original driver in white rock allowed me for free but the Ine on at Olympic village didn’t. I’m very shocked by the level of unprofessionnalism exhibited by your driver.

    Zach

  • By Allen Tung, October 7, 2014 @ 9:21 am

    Hi Ashley & Zach: Sorry to hear that. Please share these details with Customer Relations at http://mfb.translink.ca so they can take a look into it. Thanks.

  • By Emma, October 9, 2014 @ 7:03 pm

    Twice now that I’ve been told it isn’t free this week. You need to actually tell your employees that it’s free or there’s no point at all to this.

  • By Eugene Wong, October 9, 2014 @ 8:51 pm

    @ Translink and Zach

    I ask that Translink not issue transfers to students for free rides. There is too much temptation to give that away.

  • By Dina Ackermann, October 6, 2016 @ 10:31 pm

    So my 12 year old was told he had to pay his fare because he didn’t have his go card. Not impressed!

  • By Adrienne Coling, October 7, 2016 @ 11:08 am

    Hi Dina, I assume you are speaking about this year’s iWALK? I’m very sorry that happened. Please contact Customer Relations so they can investigate what went on and help you. By phone: 604.953.3333 or online: http://feedback.translink.ca/
    Thanks so much for reaching out.

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