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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!

NIMFYs Vs. ASRTS

Citizen Shane is a soft-hitting investigative news feature produced by the CBC that tackles human interest stories around Metro Vancouver. Early this year, host Shane Foxman uncovered a simmering controversy in a quiet North Vancouver neighbourhood that pitted local resident's love of their gardens and lawns against the safety of children and families walking to and from school.

Ah, life.

A Bold New Narrative for Transit?

Quickly, when you think of "public transit", what's the first word that comes to mind? It might be affordable, or green, or slow, or crowded... but maybe it should be safe.

According to a new paper published by Todd Litman at the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, traveling by transit is nine times safer than traveling by car - but the benefits don't stop there. Find out more about how public transit makes communities safer after the break.

There has been solid evidence that public transit is the safest way to travel for some time.

New HASTe BC Newsletter: Late Fall 2014

A new HASTe BC Newsletter dropped yesterday, chalk full of active travel goodness. We've got links to studies on the impact of Active and Safe Routes to School, and information about how to give your input on BC's next 10 year transportation plan.

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're always a good time.

Photo credit: Chris Brukard

The Impact of Safe Routes to School

At HASTe, we've always known that Active and Safe Routes to School programs like School Travel Planning work to increase rates of walking and cycling to school. And now, we have proof!

A recently-released US study looked at 801 schools in four states to "assess how the proportion of students walking and cycling to school changed after the introduction of SRTS programs". Find out what they discovered after the break.

The study, Impact of Safe Routes to School Program on Walking and Bicycle was published earlier this year in the Journal of the American Planning Association earlier this year.

Blaming The Victim?

As the days get darker and shorter, the Insurance Company of British Columbia is launching a new road-safety campaign aimed at reducing the number of pedestrians injured by motor-vehicles.

While the campaign's goal is admirable, we feel that the campaign's target and the message it is sending - summed up in the tagline "Be a safe pedestrian" - needs reconsideration. Find out more after the break.

As ICBC notes, "76 per cent more pedestrians are injured in crashes from November to January every year" compared to brighter, summer months.

Help Shape BC's Next Provincial Transportation Plan

BC Transportation Minister Todd Stone wants YOUR input on BC's next 10 year transportation plan.

photo by Chris Burkard

The online feedback forum is open from today until December 12th, and will provide British Columbians with an opportunity to shape the province's transportation agenda for the next decade. Visit the government's public engagement website to learn more about BC's transportation picture and network, and to take the survey and have your say.

New HASTe BC Newsletter: Fall 2014

HASTe's Fall 2014 Newsletter was sent out on Monday, welcoming BC's students and teachers back for another school year, introducing new resources for schools looking to promote active and safe transportation, and providing key updates about our work and programs.

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're always chalk full of school active-travel goodness!

ProWalk ProBike ProPlace in Pittsburgh PA

Did you ever think you'd get jealous from looking at pictures from someone's trip to... Pittsburgh? Kerry Hamilton, HASTe's Community Programs manager, might manage just that - but she can't take all of the credit.

Above are a few snaps from Kerry's time exploring Steeltown during this year's ProWalk ProBike ProPlace conference - not too shabby! Find out how Pittsburgh reinvented itself as a bike-, pedestrian- and people-friendly city after the break.

words: Kerry Hamilton

images: shamelessly stolen from the internet for fair use

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.

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