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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Active and Sustainable Transportation

 

As the number of children being driven to schools for short trips continues to grow, community streets and spaces where  children gather have greater congestion which contributes to traffic safety and air quality issues. Consistent with the papal encyclical Laudato​ Si , where Pope Francis speaks to our responsibility to the environment, The Toronto Catholic District School Board is committed to ensuring that children have an opportunity to play and engage in healthy exercise, while fostering their independence in a fresh air.

Read More: Active Transportation Travel Charter.pdf Active Transportation Travel Charter


School Transportation Management Planning

The attention we pay to transportation is evident every morning and every afternoon in the City of Toronto on our way to and from school / work. We battle gridlock and traffic on our way to and from work and the roads and parking lots around our schools become congested to the point of frustration. What can we do as an organization to minimize this frustration? Can the TCDSB solve these issues on our own? No. What the TCDSB can do is to understand our employees and school families and provide them with the tools to make positive transportation decisions that are in their best interest. As a shared responsibility the TCDSB can with other levels of Government, other public / private organizations, and individuals make choices that when done in conjunction will improve the quality of life for those of us within the greater Toronto Area.

Read More: Transportation Demand Management Plan



School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning is a process of improving accessibility and sustainability of Active and Safe Routes to School through assessing and implementing action plans at community and municipal levels.

For more information on School Travel Planning please visit:

Learn more about School Travel Plans to encourage walking or riding to school: 


School Walking Programs

The benefits and life-long advantages, both physically, mentally and spiritually of walking are not to be taken lightly. Our children need to appreciate and understand this premise as early as possible and it is in our schools that the concept needs to be filtered through.

Walking offers an easy physical activity that does not require equipment. Its benefits for our students are numerous:

  • It increases the physical activity level for students and thus helps with healthy weights.
  • It gives the mind a rest and lets the body work thus helping with academic performance and concentration when studies resume.
  • Walking can reduce stress and anxiety. Students will likely come back from a walk in a different frame of mind-it benefits your mood!
  • It allows students to socialize and recognize that they have exercised without realizing it.


Read more: FINAL Walk This Way -Dec 11, 2014.pdf Walk This Way - Dec 2014

 

Evergreen Brickworks -  Tips on Taking Active Transportation for Kids

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