Let’s Get Walking This October


Celebrate active modes of transportation, like walking and wheeling, along with students and staff from across Ontario during IWALK Month, which officially kicks off on Wednesday, October 5.  

International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is an annual celebration of active transportation that takes place around the world during the month of October.

When walking to school here are some important safety tips to remember:

  • Look all ways before you cross the street. Always STOP, LOOK and LISTEN before crossing 
  • Cross at intersections and crosswalks when possible
  • Always make eye contact with drivers before you cross the street
  • Obey traffic signals and signs
  • Use a sidewalk if there is one
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and avoid distractions, such as headphones

For anyone who cannot walk or cycle to school every day, we encourage you to choose an active mode of travel two or three times a week, or consider parking your car and walking a block to decrease pollution and improve safety around your school. 

If you choose to drive, please be mindful of students who walk and cycle: drive slowly and be attentive to your surroundings.

Benefits of Active School Travel 

    • Improves student academic performance by making students more alert and better prepared to learn
    • Improves both physical and mental health
    • Reduces traffic congestion and improves safety for everyone around our school communities
    • Improves air quality
    • Encourages social interaction and improves social skills
    • Promotes lifelong habits that foster independence and active lifestyles, preparing children for their future
  • Just plain old simple fun!

For more information about IWALK Month and resources, please visit: https://ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca/october-is-iwalk-month/