What's New with Bikes and Schools
Are you a cycling advocate eager to connect with schools in your neighbourhood? Are you are a student or teacher, who wants your school to become more bicycle-friendly? Are you a parent committed to an active lifestyle for your family? Join us to learn about new initiatives to promote and facilitate biking to school. We'll hear from:
Pamela Gough - School Board Trustee (Etobicoke-Lakeshore), Toronto District School Board
Richard Christie - Senior Manager, Sustainability, TDSB
Students and teaching staff - Central Commerce Collegiate and the Cabbagetown Youth Centre Sustainable Urban Transportation program
Erhard Kraus - North Scarborough Green Loop
After their presentations we'll have the opportunity to take our next concrete steps in support of active, safe and sustainable transportation for children, youth, and all residents.
The evening's program will be MC'd by Jared Kolb, Executive Director of Cycle Toronto, and Kristin Schwartz from the Bike to School Project. Refreshments will be served. Don't miss this unprecedented event!
Thank you to the over 40 teachers, students, parents, advocates and community workers who attended because they were interested in making Toronto schools more bike-friendly.
One immediate positive result from the event is that May 26, 2014 has officially been declared Bike to School Day! Trustee Pamela Gough brought forward the motion to the Board of Trustees after discussing the suggestion at our event! She also announced that the TDSB has $100,000 available over the next four years to install bike parking at schools via the EcoSchools Program. Schools which are actively promoting cycling will receive priority.
Students, teachers and schools can find ideas for Bike to School Day events here. You’ll also find a report from our first ever Youth Bike Champion Leadership Camp held on March 7. Thirty students from five high schools and one junior/middle school came out for a full program of games, workshops and a trip to City Hall. An inspiring day which will kick off new bike clubs at three more schools this spring!
Going forward, the Bike to School Project will create posts seeking community support for specific school-related events as Ward Advocacy Group updates. Wards 13, 19, 20 and 27 – look out for volunteer callouts in April and May.
If you’re interested in joining a Bike to School Project phone meeting (30-45 minutes) to take the next step on issues we’ve identified, please fill out this Doodle poll to tell us when is best for you!