International Walk to School Month

October 3, 2016 by  
Filed under Canadian Sport Features


International Walk to School Month (IWALK)

Join students and families across Canada to celebrate International Walk to School Month (IWALK)


Register your school’s IWALK event to receive a Certificate of Participation from Canada Walks – click here to access the registration survey.

We have ideas and resources available to help with planning and promoting IWALK events: 

International Walk to School Day: Wednesday, October 5, 2016

About IWALK:

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual global event taking place each October. It is a mass celebration of active transportation and its related issues are used to introduce communities to the Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program.

“Our iWalk campaign re-emphasizes that preserving the environment requires everyone to collectively do their part in any way possible. As a whole, we can move mountains if we want to. This energy is the epitome of our efforts. We are calling everyone to take action in order to make our world a better place.” Peppi Kondilis-Minos, Vice-Principal, Bowmore Road JS Public School, Toronto.

The proportion of journeys to school made by car has increased considerably in the last several years, with the knock-on effect being a gradual decline in the number of children walking and wheeling to and from school on a regular basis. The key themes that are promoted during IWALK include: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, reducing levels of crime, developing community cohesion, promoting social interaction, and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

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