Edward Johnson PS students, staff and families celebrate Bike to School Week
June 1, 2018
GUELPH, Ontario – Cyclists of all ages were out enjoying the morning sun, as they cycled safely to school.
On Friday June 1, Edward Johnson Public School held a Bike to School event.
School staff organized a fun event, inviting children and their parents/guardians to cycle to school. A number of students arrive to school by bus, so staff encouraged them to cycle at home after school so they could still participate in the initiative.
Edward Johnson PS’s event coincided with Bike to School Week, which ran from May 28 to June 1, 2018.
At least 549 schools from across Ontario registered to participate in the week, holding different events to celebrate active travel to school.
Bike to School Week is supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada. Its mission is to create a culture of active school travel, where daily active transportation is safe, easy and enjoyable for Ontario students.
Biking, walking and rolling to school have many benefits including increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, enhanced neighbourhood safety and a greater sense of community. When we bike, walk or roll to school, even if it’s just for the last few blocks, we contribute to a happier, healthier, cleaner, and safer school neighbourhood.
On Friday, Edward Johnson PS students shared what they loved about biking – that it’s a great way to exercise, that it’s good for the environment and that it’s exciting. They also thought of ways that biking infrastructure could be improved upon, such as more bike lanes and bridges over busy roads.