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. More Info
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
To help with the changes from our public consultation results, OSTA has put together walking route maps to help your child walk to school safely. Maps will constantly be updated throughout the summer in preparation for the beginning of school in September. More Info
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
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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!