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International iWalk Day celebrated in Riverside South

Last Updated on: 21st June 2016, 07:10 pm

The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority was proud to be a part of International Walk to School Day (iWalk) on October 7, 2015. Part of a worldwide walk week, iWalk Day promotes active school travel and physical activity for children. Mayor Jim Watson and Ottawa Board of Health member Councillor Michael Qaqish joined OSTA and other special guests at St. Jerome Catholic School to celebrate the initiative. (video courtesy of OCSB)

The day was also celebrated by neighbouring Steve MacLean Public School and l’École élémentaire catholique Bernard-Grandmaître to proclaim International Walk (iWALK) to School Week in Ottawa. Parents and staff at the three Riverside South schools worked together with the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health and Green Communities Canada to have a new 40 km/h school speed zone implemented on Spratt Road this past summer.

St. Jerome and Steve MacLean are also recent graduates of Green Communities Canada’s Ottawa School Travel Planning Program, funded by the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority. The program brings schools, school boards and City departments together to help keep students who already walk or bike to school safe, and to encourage more families to choose active transportation.

What a great event. Stay active and stay safe.