Active Transportation

Did you know that children who walk to school are healthier and do better academically? That’s right – they have increased creativity and lower levels of stress during the school day! Help your child arrive brighter and more alert for their first morning class by encouraging School Active Transportation!

Read more about OSTA’s programs and see what schools are doing by clicking on the tabs below:

+ - Hybrid Walking School Bus

Two special schools have been selected to participate in OSTA’s new Hybrid Walking School Bus (HWSB).

• St Rita CS

• Georges Vanier

If your child walks to school, they can now join up with some friends and a trained leader and trained volunteers to accompany them to school. The Hybrid Walking School Bus (HWSB) is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of 10 to 30 peers and a professional leader and trained volunteers, following a specific route and schedule.

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+ - Walking School Bus

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) is designed to promote active transportation and healthy living. Students walk to school with a group of up to 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 which has been 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 their 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 in 13 Ottawa schools.

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+ - Walking Route/ Walk Zone Maps by School

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.

Maps will constantly be updated throughout the summer in preparation for the beginning of school in September.

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+ - Walk-a-Block Maps

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 identity a 400 and 800 metre radius around the school. They also identify neighbourhood street names, pathways and potential quiet places to park.

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+ - Walk&Roll Meetup

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 Meetups are unsupervised and designed for children grades 4 and up. The 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, crossing guards and any hazards in the neighbourhood

Walking routes should be planned ahead of time and practiced before the first day of school or first day walking.

Maps will constantly be updated throughout the summer in preparation for the beginning of school in September.

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+ - Wanted: Volunteer Hybrid WSB Leaders

Are you walking your child to school every day? Are you retired and looking for an opportunity to get some exercise and help the students get to school safely?

OSTA and the Ottawa Safety Council are looking for community volunteers to walk children to school. Flexible schedules and training is provided at no cost to you!

Register here to find out more about becoming a Volunteer Hybrid WSB Leader

+ - See what other schools are doing!

+ - Pedestrian Safety

Safety Tips for Young Pedestrians
Walking to school is a fun, easy way to get to school. It's important to stay safe on your way there.

• Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street
• Walk facing traffic in a single file
• At crosswalks and crossing signals, push the pedestrian button
• Make yourself big
• Always look both ways before crossing the street

Find your school's walking route map here

Download the poster!

+ - School Zone Safety