I Love Transit week is coming!
From October 7–11, we pay a little extra attention to all the things we love about transit, including the role TransLink can play in helping children choose active travel to and from school.
Active kids are healthy kids!
Did you know: from October 7–11 kids ride the bus for free? That’s right, a free week of bus only travel for kindergarten to grade 12 students!
Did you also know: The Canadian 24 hour movement guidelines recommends that youth ages 5 -17 participate in 60 “sweat” minutes daily? Walking, biking, skateboarding, or taking public transit to and from school is a great way to get some fresh air, exercise, and a feeling of independence!
FUN FACT: The entire TransLink fleet of buses are equipped with bike racks (size dependent) to help encourage multi-modal transit!
A Walking school bus allows children to walk to school together accompanied by adult volunteers and is a great way for children to foster friendships and create better understanding of their local areas.
Is driving to school inevitable? Try parking just a few blocks away (5 minutes) and walk with your kids. You’ll free up space in the school zone, get some fresh air, and have a chance to hear about your child’s day! Taking transit? Consider hopping off one stop early and get those steps in while enjoying some quality time.
For more tips and resources visit the Schools tab at: translink.ca/travelsmart
Author: Sarah Kertcher