SJD Walking and Wheeling Team
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
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Sir James Douglas Elementary school was a participant in the Capital Region District's Active and Safe Routes to School project. Active & Safe Routes to School is a community-based initiative that promotes the use of active transportation (walking, biking, bussing and rolling) for the daily trip to and from school. The program addresses health, physical activity, and traffic safety issues while tackling air pollution and climate change.
For the past 18-months, Sir James Douglas Elementary has taken part in activities to identify barriers their school community is facing to accessing active travel options for school and developing solutions to remove those barriers.
Completed actions include:
- conducting school ground and neighbourhood walkabouts
- hosting 'bike skills and safety' course for 24 students in grades 3 - 5
- developing a school and stakeholder action plan
- establishing an Active Travel Coordinator on the PAC to advance the items included in the schools 'Action Plan' (attached)
- installing a new 8-bike rack and bike fix-it station for cycling families
- participating in week-long encouragement campaigns such as 'Bike to School' or 'Walk and Wheel' week
- hosting 100% in 1 Day event during Walk and Wheel to School Week; aiming to achieve 100% active travel rate for one day.
- establishing local 'Drive to Five' locations; places a five-minute or less walk to school, removing traffic congestion away from the immediate school site
- hanging poster-sized print out of 'Best Routes' map in the main foyer & providing electronic copies to parents
- creating a ASRtS webpage hosted on the schools website (link below)
- putting ASRtS data and information in the school agenda book
- developing an inspiration board in the main foyer of the school to host updated on the ASRtS project
In the baseline data collection showed that Sir James Douglas school community was already achieving nearly a 50% active travel rate. During the 'school ground ‘and’ neighborhood walkabouts, the participants decided one shoot for the moon and set the incredible goal of achieving 100% active travel rate for one day at the end of the Walk and Wheel to School week campaign.
Supports such as the Best Routes to School map, ‘Drive to Five’ locations, celebration stations, prizes and food were used throughout the week to educate and encourage the behavior shift.
At the end of the week, the school community achieved 98% active travel in one day. Victoria News came to film the success (video attached).
The Sir James Douglas Elementary school community continues to advance their Action Plan items and are now sourcing support resources to achieve other goals within the school action plan (attached)
SJD Safe Routes to School webpage: https://sjd.sd61.bc.ca/our-school/safe-routes-to-school/
Best Routes Map: https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5HgzOx06373ck9LTzhoM2pMZWM/view
Vic News Article: https://www.vicnews.com/community/celebrating-active-routes-to-school/