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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!

Rollin' Down the Stairs Too Tired To Move

Participaction has released their 2016 Report Card on physical activity for children and youth, and once again, the news isn't great.

For the first time, the report writers looked at the connection between sleep and physical activity. Their conclusion seems counter-intuitive: our children's lack of physical activity may be making it difficult for them to get the amount of sleep they need. But the evidence supports their assertion, and is (along with the rest of the report card) definitely worth a read.

Bike to School Week Champion - Lauren Lan

We always seem to tell ourselves that change is a good thing - but what about the things in life that never change, and still remain awesome. Like the feeling you get when you ride a bike (see above photo for example). Fully appreciating this "feeling" is why Lauren Lan from Courtenay BC, is this week's Bike to School Week Champion. Click here to read more about her.

And don't forget to register your school for Bike to School Week, whether you're in Metro Vancouver or anywhere else in the Province.

Bike to School Week Champion - Chris Martin

One sings for the world famous progressive rock band, Coldplay, and the other is a teacher and Youth Cycling Advocate in Kamloops, BC. Both of them are total ROCK STARS. We don't really care much for the singer so we're going to talk about the other one. Click here to read more about him.

And don't forget to register your school for Bike to School Week, whether you're in Metro Vancouver or anywhere else in the Province

Primary school teacher, youth cycling coach, and father; these are some of the many roles that Chris Martin regularly takes on.

Bike to School Week Champion - Tu Loan Trieu

If a little friendly competition helps you to get motivated then this week's post will probably do the trick. Tu Loan Trieu, Librarian and Classroom Teacher at Hillcrest Middle School in Coquitlam, has led her school to BTSW Championships for two consecutive years. She's looking for a third title, but she's not the type to let you know about it. Keep reading her story here.

Tu Loan Trieu leads an active lifestyle and attempts to cycle to work at least a couple of days a week (it is an hour commute one way!).

Bike to School Week Champion - Liz Cramb

To gear up for Bike to School Week this year (May 30 - June 3) we'll be profiling a number of "Bike Champions" who we think have taken bike advocacy for kids to the next level. Our first profiled Champion is a teacher at Buckingham Elementary in Burnaby, Liz Cramb. Click here to read more about her.

Liz Cramb is a Grade 5/6 Teacher at Buckingham Elementary in Burnaby.

The Myth of the Urban Revival?

The ascendance of cities has become something of an axiom recently: we're told that everyone is moving to the city -- it's the place to live. But a recent article by Jed Kolko based on American census data suggests otherwise: not only are suburbs still growing faster than cities, but the kinds of demographic growth that cities are seeing is a bit unbalanced.

Jed crunched the numbers and found that cities are indeed growing: they're growing whiter, richer and older. Not quite the bold new urban future we were promised. Read his fascinating article here.

Street Fight Webcast

Janette Sadik-Khan, former transportation commissioner of New York City, will be in Vancouver on March 22nd to talk about her new book Street Fight, which documents her efforts to transform the Big Apple into a walking- and bike-friendly City.

If you're like me, and you a) would love to attend and b) totally spaced on buying a ticket (the event is sold out) you're in luck: the event will be webcast live. Find out more and register here.

The Pedestrian Crossing Flag Debate Heats Up

The District of West Vancouver recently initiated a pilot Pedestrian Crossing Flag program at a crosswalk near a local elementary school. CBC's The 180 took a look at the program and how it is being received by the neighborhood and, or course, the twitterverse.

HASTe is HIRING!

We're seeking a qualified candidate for the role of Operations Coordinator starting March 2016. Please click here for further information about the position.

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