A new initiative is being rolled out by the DSR (Daily School Route) this October in support of active transportation and student health. The DSR is an active transportation system for kids that collaborates with the HWCDSB, the City of Hamilton, and community partners to get 100% of students living within the walk zone (1.6km for grade 1-8, 1.2km for JK/SK) using active transportation for their daily school commute.
“The purpose of Walking Wednesdays is to create a supportive environment for students to try active transportation for the first time by getting more people walking together on the same day,” says the DSR’s Dan Chong. “While many families welcome the idea – they know walking to school is a healthy habit – they haven’t yet moved to action.
“So, on Walking Wednesdays, we encourage all families who live within the Walk Zone to try active transportation since trying something once is the first step toward sustained action.
“It’s transportation re-imagined,” adds HWCDSB Superintendent of Education Morris Hucal. “Active transportation not only produces healthy kids but supports healthy environments.”
“Walking on Wednesdays and every day is good for everyone’s health and well-being.”
Walking Wednesdays take place on October 5, October 12, October 19 and October 26.
Resources for active transportation, including common walking routes, crossing guard locations, and how long your walk will take can be found on your school page at https://www.dailyschoolroute.org