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Sticky: Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a chance for Schools throughout BC to encourage and celebrate students and their families cycling to school. This year, HASTe BC and HUB are teaming up again to provide more resources and support to help schools coordinate their Bike to School Week efforts.

Register your school today to receive a free resource package and compete with schools across BC for sweet prizes!

Welcome Back!

So it's (finally) the first day of school - and wouldn't you know it, the sky is gray and threatening rain. We hope that doesn't dampen the enthusiasm of the students, teachers and families who have been waiting for this day for weeks (months?).

Have a great first walk, bike, wheel, whatever, to school today. And welcome back.

Putting In (Velo)Work

It seems like a lifetime ago, but in 2012 Vancouver hosted Velo-City, the world's premier cycling conference series. This year marked the beginning of VeloWorks, a more modest event aimed at building on the excitement and momentum that was generated two years ago.

Along with luminaries from around Metro Vancouver, including a number of mayors, academics and big thinkers, HASTe was invited to talk about the future of cycling education for children and youth in BC. Conference go-ers got a sneak peek at an exciting new initiative we are working on for the coming year. If you missed the conference (it will be back in 2015), keep watching this space in the weeks ahead to find out more.

CBCyling

Last fall, the Canadian Broadcasting Coorporation's Kids website posted an article in pictures called 14 Must-Do's for Cycling Season. My favorite thing about the post is that the absolutely nailed number #1: put the pedal to the metal and have fun!

Check out more of the article's timeless advice and images on the CBC Kids website.

Back to School... With the NFB?

A new school year was supposed to begin today in British Columbia. But they're having some, ah, unforeseeable and unavoidable delays. No one is happy about the current state of affairs at BC schools; but some parties are working hard to keep things fun.

For example, today I noticed that half of the short films on the National Film Board's homepage are about cycling. Coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe the NFB is trying to subtly send visitors messages about how to, or not, to get to school - or wherever you're headed this week.

Click here to get schooled by the NFB.

Back In My Day...

We've all heard it before: adults regaling children with stories about how much harder or different things were when they were kids.

Image by Motor City Radio Flashbacks

The notion has become something of a cliche, but that doesn't make it any less true. It is often hard to reconcile the way adults remember the world and their lives, and the way children experience things today.

Earlier this summer, Slate magazine published results of a survey that asked respondents "What were you allowed to do as a kid?" One of their most interesting findings related to when children were allowed to walk to school. Learn more after the break.

Slate journalists looked at the answers their survey received - over 6000 people responded! - and broke them down by decade.

Vancouver's Awards of Excellence

Last night, HASTe staff joined 131 other nominees at the Vancouver Playhouse theater for the City of Vancouver's inaugural Awards of Excellence event.

The room was packed with the City's best and brightest, people and organizations working to make Vancouver a better city for all. HASTe was nominated for our work with Vancouver's schools in the category of Greenest City Leadership.

How did we do? Find out after the break.

Judy Graves and Jimmy Pattison were awarded the "Freedom of the City" for their life-long efforts on the City's behalf, and dozens of youth, individuals and organizations were recogni

The Future of Transportation in Metro Vancouver

With our work on schools and communities, HASTe doesn't often get to focus on the BIG picture. But in this case we'll make an exception, because something happened recently that will shape how people move around their neighborhoods, and the region, for years to come.


The Mayor's Council recently released its vision for the future of transportation investment and funding in Metro Vancouver. We have an overview of the highlights, and links to the details, after the break.

The investment plan developed by the Mayor'd Council will form the basis of a provincial referendum, scheduled for the Fall, on the future of transportation investment and funding in Metro Vanc

Cross This Way

New York City's Department of Transportation recently dropped a fun video meant to teach children about pedestrian safety in a clear and engaging way. But beneath the catchy music, good intentions and excellent structure, there's a not so subtle message that we think kids shouldn't be learning.

We'll dissect the DOT's video, and discuss whether it backs up the claim that "everybody on the street deserves respect" after the break.

Scenario 1 shows a young woman using a crosswalk while looking at her phone. Now, crossing the street while distracted is clearly a bad idea.

New HASTe BC Newsletter: Spring 2014

The latest edition of the HASTe BC newsletter dropped yesterday, with exciting news about our provincial funding, updates on our recent work on Bike to School Week and building local capacity for School Travel Planning on Vancouver Island, and more.

Read the full newsletter here, and/or sign up to make sure you don't miss out on future newsletters - we generally send out a new one every couple of months, and they're always chalk full of school active-travel goodness!

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