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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!

A Culture of Fear

HASTe works in a field called Active and Safe Routes to School. We try to balance our efforts to keep kids safe on their daily journey, with encouragement to make that journey and active, and therefor healthy, fun and green, one. When something like this comes along, it's disappointing, because it tips the balance past the promotion of safety, and into the promotion of fear.

Find out more about this misguided new infographic after the break.

In less than fifty years, walking to school has gone from a normal, everyday occurrence, to a controversial act that is either courageous or questionable, depending on your perspective.

HASTe Goes off to College

HASTe staff were invited to teach a special topics course on active school travel at Langara College in Vancouver. This was an exciting opportunity, because although the longform of our name includes that catchall "SCHOOL", it's not often we get to work in a post-secondary environment.

The course was attended by students and faculty from the Applied Planning Program and focused on the benefits of active transportation and how it applies to planning for communities, campuses, and cities. Learn more about HASTe's approach to these topics after the break.

Of course, we were most interested in what students thought of the transportation situation at Langara, so we spent the afternoon in breakout groups discussing issues related to active travel to an

Key Statistics on Youth and Cycling

Just in time for back-to-school, PeopleForBikes recently released some interesting new statistics on youth and cycling. The news is mixed, with some really positive information:

And some related statistics that are a bit less sunny:

To see the full picture, click here.

Walking To School Goes Mainstream!

There was a time when only environmentalists and free-range-parents would advise you to let your kids walk to school. Well, there was a time when everyone walked to school, but let's keep this 21st century.

This year, walking to school - or, even better, letting your children do so unaccompanied - officially went mainstream, with an endorsement by that venerable Canadian journalistic institution, The Globe and Mail. To be fair, the editorial notes that walking to schools is "a subversive act" and warns readers that they will "to earn the opprobrium of [their] fellow parents."

But hey, it's a start. Click here to read the full article.

Unlearning How to Ride a Bicycle

In celebration of Bike to School Week, here's a video about unlearning how to ride a bicycle, which maybe gets at some undiscovered truths about learning how to ride a bicycle... or something. Worth watching, I promise; this will blow your mind.


Bike to School Week 2015 Registration Has Begun

Registration for BC Bike to School Week 2015 is open! Sign your school up for this year's event, to receive a resource package and be eligible to win sweet prizes from our fabulous sponsors. We're aiming to have resource packages in schools by May 1st so don't wait, register today!

Public Transit IS Active Transportation

By: Amanda Frazer, MSc & Dr. Christine Voss

By now you’ve probably heard Canadian children aren’t active enough, and unfortunately that’s nothing new. You’ve also probably heard that getting children and youth to walk or bike to school is one of the most powerful ways to increase daily physical activity. It also goes without saying that young people who walk or bike to school are more physically active during their commute than those who are chauffeured in the family car. But what about those children who live too far to walk or bike to school? Are they necessarily destined for a sedentary childhood buckled down in the family car?

We don’t think so. Find out why after the break.

In our Active Streets, Active People - Junior study we are investigating

Our Story, Our Future

A coherent and compelling explanation of what the upcoming transportation referendum means for the Metro Vancouver region, from a man with more knowledge about and perspective on it than just about anyone. This is a must-watch.

New HASTe BC Newsletter: Winter 2015

A new HASTe BC newsletter dropped earlier this week, highlighting events and information about active and sustainable travel locally, regionally and nationally.

Read the full newsletter, 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 never disappoint!

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