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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!

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!

North Shore ASRTS Workshop

On January 22nd 2015, HASTe facilitated a workshop on Active and Safe Routes to School for stakeholders from across Vancouver's North Shore Region.

While most of the day's proceedings dealt with school transportation issues and ideas particular to the North Shore, many of them are also of universal interest and applicability. If you are interested in learning more about the workshop, check out this newsletter we sent to participants to reconnect them with what was, by all accounts, an inspiring day.

If your community would be interested in hosting a similar event, don't hesitate to get in touch.

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.

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