School starts on September 8 and parents are wondering how to get students into classes without exposure to the virus on buses and how to avoid the chaos and congestion of school drop-off zones.

Families in Waterloo Region are in luck! Community organizations are coming together to help plan, practice, and encourage active trips to school.

The theme of the campaign is: “Discover Your Superpower.”

A single act can improve our strength, endurance, mental health and readiness for learning. It can also have a massive impact on our community’s environment. That act? Active transportation. And it’s a real-life superpower.

Support kicks off with a virtual panel presentation and discussion for parents to address their questions and concerns and review the benefits and logistics of active travel.

Tune in on Wednesday, August 19th at 7:30 pm on the CycleWR Facebook page for a conversation moderated by Matt Rodrigues of CycleWR

Confirmed panelists include:

Dorothy McCabe, Tessa Jagiellowicz, and Zoe McCabe – a family of active school commuters

Scott Weldon – a teacher in Waterloo Region and parent of young children

Julie Wright – a Waterloo Region parent with the Walking School Bus program

Leslie Maxwell – a School Travel Planner with Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region whose children graduated from Waterloo schools in the recent past.

Then, from August to October, organizers will also offer families custom route planning assistance, an interactive online Q&A forum, practical outdoor (and socially-distant) workshops, videos, and games. The group is also willing to work with area municipalities and schools to create 150m ‘School Streets‘ with pylons and maps. The idea is to encourage driving parents to keep the school zone clear and to drop their children a short distance away. This way, our active travelling superheroes can walk and roll into school safely.

“This is a perfect time to plan and practice, as a family, how to get to school. We all have new concerns, with COVID-19 amidst us, but we also have some great new facilities like the ‘COVID Lanes’ on Regional roads and slow streets provided by the cities.” said David Trueman, Interim Chair of CycleWR.

Leslie Maxwell, of STSWR, says: “Parents are concerned about spacing on buses and traffic dangers when too many cars crowd our schools for dropoff and pickup. Our students can create a new and positive school commute and be our superheroes; saving the environment, getting stronger, maintaining focus in class, protecting their mental health, and staying socially connected all while practicing safe social distance when walking and wheeling to school.”

Associated Links

CycleWR Facebook livestream event: facebook.com/cyclewr

Signup for activity notifications: http://cyclewr.ca/superpower/

Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region Drive to 5 Maps: https://www.stswr.ca/walkzone/maps

Walking School Bus: https://walkingschoolbus.cancer.ca/

Cycling into the Future: http://www.cyclingintothefuture.com/

ClimateActionWR: https://climateactionwr.ca/

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The Discover Your Superpower campaign is a collaborative effort between community partners including teachers, STSWR, CycleWR, ClimateActionWR and Cycling into the Future. Please contact David Trueman with questions and for further contacts as necessary. 

226-789-0263

dwtrueman@gmail.com