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NEW Walk-a-Block and Walk&Roll Meetup Maps

Did you know that walking all or part way to school helps create safer school zones by reducing vehicle congestion?

To help support safer school zones and make everyone’s trip to and from school a success, OSTA has created multiple resources and tools, like walking route maps, for parents and children to download and use. Three different types of walking route maps have been created to help you plot your trip to school; whether you plan to walk all or part way to school, each map was designed with safety in mind:

Walking Route maps are designed to indicate the safest and most direct routes to school. They include the location of traffic lights and signs, crossing guards and any hazards in the neighbourhood. The routes are identified by directional arrows that lead towards the school.

Walk&Roll Meetup Maps are designed to encourage students to meetup at designated locations and walk as a small group to school. Walking as a small group, children benefit from “safety in numbers”. Walk&Roll Meetup stops were conveniently selected based on the location of walking students in the area. The maps also identify recommended walking routes to school, location of traffic lights and signs, hazards and crossing guards.

Walk-a-Block maps are designed to encourage parents who drive their children to school, to park 5 to 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way. The maps identify 400 and 800 metre radiuses around the school. They also identify neighbourhood street names, pathways and potential quiet places to park. Remember to always follow safe driving practices especially in school zones.

Find your map here!

Help keep your walk to school safe by following the pedestrian safety rules!

When planning to walk to school or anywhere, it’s important for you and your child to be prepared. Begin teaching pedestrian safety at a young age and continue to refresh their knowledge as they get older. For more pedestrian safety tips, check out our Pedestrian Safety Tips page.

Remember, Safer School Zones Start with You.

Meet Hop! The App That Makes Walking to School Fun

Hop! is a bilingual progressive web-app that helps make the walk to school more fun through interactive features. App users can track kilometres travelled, while being motivated by engaging illustrations, group challenges, and milestones.   

Hop! allows children to see the positive impact walking has on the environment by telling them how many greenhouse gas emissions they avert by walking instead of driving. The app’s motivational features help children to choose walking first, which reduces cars on the road and improves school zone safety. 

Students can log trips to and from school, as well as walks in their community, to ensure that any student can participate. Hop! is accessible on a regular internet browser, on a phone, tablet, or computer. 

The Benefits of Active Transportation 

Today more than ever it is important to support active transportation within Ottawa’s school communities. Walking to school is good for the health and academic performance of students, and studies show that when children engage in sustainable behaviours when they are young, they are more likely to continue this behaviour as adults. Walking to school also increases road safety in the school zone and contributes to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by decreasing the number of cars travelling to and from the school zone daily.   

Why Hop! Matters 

Nowadays, fewer and fewer students are walking to school. In 1969, 88.6% of students who lived within 1-mile of school in the United States walked or biked to school, which decreased to 35.2% in 2009, and continues to decline. The declining trend in walking and biking to school is similar in Canada. (The National Center for Safe Routes to School,?2011). The 2020 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth gave a score of D- for active transportation for travel to and from school. Only 21% of 5- to 19-year-olds?in Canada typically use active modes of transportation.? 

Promoting active transportation at schools makes a big difference in getting Ottawa children walking! The 2020 OSTA Transportation Survey Report showed 32% of children at Ottawa Carleton District School Board and Ottawa Catholic School Board walked to school if their school participated in the School Active Transportation Program compared to the overall community rate of 22%. This app is another tool for encouraging students to walk to school. 

About Hop! 

Hop! was made possible through financial support from Green Communities Canada and the Government of Ontario. It is a collaboration between OSTA and EnviroCentre, with support from the City of Ottawa, as we believe that active transportation is key to Ottawa’s future as a sustainable and livable city.  

Hop! is free and is available for download by anyone through the OSTA website, and schools are particularly encouraged to use it in their active transportation initiatives.  

Download Hop! to start celebrating children’s steps to school at 123hop.ca 

Below are resources to help you get started using Hop!

  1. What is Hop!
  2. Hop iWalk Challenge
  3. Hop Teams for Teachers
  4. Hop Poster

Walking School Bus (WSB) Program

If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader to accompany them to school! The Walking School Bus (WSB) promotes active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of 10 peers and a professional leader, following a specific route and schedule.

Similar to an adult crossing guard, each WSB has a paid leader who has been trained by the Ottawa Safety Council, screened and first-aid certified to walk with your child to school.

They follow a specific route and schedule approved by OSTA and its partners. Walking to school is a safe, convenient, healthy and fun way for your child to travel to school with friends. It helps them get the daily physical activity they need to be healthy and concentrate better at school.

OSTA’s Walking School Bus (WSB) program is offered at 12 Ottawa schools. These schools have been selected for their demonstrated commitment to promoting walking to school. The WSB operates every school day in the morning at the schools listed below.

Existing WSB/Hybrid WSB students can register from June 1st to June 15th, 2022, for the 2022-2023 school year.
New students can register for the WSB/Hybrid WSB from June 16th to Aug 19th, 2022 for the 2022-2023 school year.

SchoolWalking School Bus Schedule
Connaught PESView route and stops
Convent Glen CESView route and stops
Devonshire Community PESView route and stops
Elmdale PESView route and stops *Updated Times
Half Moon Bay PESView route and stops
Georges Vanier CESCancelled for 2022/23
Queen Mary Street PESCancelled for 2022/23
Robert Bateman PESView route and stops
Roch CarrierView route and stops
St. Benedict CESCancelled for 2022/23
St. Rita CESView route and stops
Woodroffe Avenue PESView route and stops *Updated Times

Before registering for the WSB, please review the following documents:

Walking School Bus Leader walking with children

Please contact OSTA at wsb@ottawaschoolbus.ca if you require a paper copy of the form.

Completing the application online does not guarantee a space for your child. Space is limited and assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting list will be created when the first 10 spaces on your route have been filled. Please notify OSTA by email at wsb@ottawaschoolbus.ca to withdraw your child from the HWSB list.

More information about the WSB

  • The route at your school has been established by OSTA in consultation with the other partners. The total travel time from the start of the route to school is no more than 30 minutes, and the WSB will arrive no later than 5 minutes before the bell.
  • Students using mobility aids may join; however, a barrier-free route cannot be guaranteed. Leaders will only be able to provide basic first aid care in an emergency for those children with life-threatening medical conditions.
  • Your child can join at the stop closest to your home or anywhere along the route. Please arrive a few minutes before the scheduled time. The WSB will not wait for late arrivals, and door-to-door or other special stops will not be offered.
  • Children are not permitted to bring their bikes, scooters, or roller blades while participating in the Walking School Bus program.
  • The WSB will operate in all weather conditions including days when the yellow school buses are cancelled. It may be cancelled in the case of freezing rain or other extreme weather events. Parents will be notified no later than 30 minutes before their WSB starts.

New School Active Transportation Network and Charter The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) joined its member school Boards (OCSB and OCDSB) to sign a School Active Transportation Charter in October 2013. This represents the first step towards the creation of a new School Active Transportation Support Network that will strengthen collaboration with the City of Ottawa and Green Communities Canada to support active travel initiatives (walking, cycling, skateboarding etc.) while making the journey to and from school safer and more convenient for more families. This is part of a cross-Canada movement dedicated to children’s mobility, health, and happiness.


OSTA’s Practice your Walk to School Event: #GetYourWalkOn

OSTA is excited to announce the launch of our Practice your Walk to School Event

From August 31 to September 11, OSTA is encouraging families in the Walk Zone to practice walking their route to school in preparation for the coming school year and learn more about the benefits of active transportation. Take the Challenge and #GetYourWalkOn

Week 1: Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to your school!

Learn pedestrian safety tips through resources available on OSTA’s website. Download and play the OSTA Eye Spy Game; a fun interactive way to help teach pedestrian safety skills to your child and help prepare the for Back to School. The Eye Spy game encourages children to learn about road signs, pedestrian infrastructure like crosswalks, being aware of their surroundings and more. Share your photos of your “Eye Spy Finds” on social media using the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn

Check out all of the Pedestrian Safety resources available for download:

 

Week 2: It’s competition week: Get Your Walk On!

How many times did you practice your walk to school? How far did you walk this week?

Track the number of times you practiced your walked to school during the Walk to your School Event Week (August 31 – September 11) and share your success and photos of your walk on social media using the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn.

Download the tracking form: here

 

Certificate of participation:

To receive a certificate of participation, download your own fillable certificate here

OSTA’s Practice your Walk to School Event: #GetYourWalkOn

OSTA is excited to announce the launch of our Practice your Walk to School Event

This summer, from July 6 until July 17, OSTA is encouraging families in the Walk Zone to practice walking their route to school in preparation for the coming school year and learn more about the benefits of active transportation. Take the Challenge and #GetYourWalkOn

Week 1: Learn and practice pedestrian safety skills and discover routes to your school!

Learn pedestrian safety tips through resources available on OSTA’s website. Download and play the OSTA Eye Spy Game; a fun interactive way to help teach pedestrian safety skills to your child and help prepare the for Back to School. The Eye Spy game encourages children to learn about road signs, pedestrian infrastructure like crosswalks, being aware of their surroundings and more. Share your photos of your “Eye Spy Finds” on social media using the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn

Check out all of the Pedestrian Safety resources available for download:

 

Week 2: It’s competition week: Get Your Walk On!

How many times did you practice your walk to school? How far did you walk this week?

Track the number of times you practiced your walked to school during the Walk to your School Event Week (July 6 – July 17) and share your success and photos of your walk on social media using the hashtag #GetYourWalkOn.

Download the tracking form: here

 

Certificate of participation:

To receive a certificate of participation, download your own fillable certificate here