The Big Move
The Big Move sets out a vision that 60% of
children in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area will walk or cycle to
school by 2031. Studies have shown a declining trend in walking to
school, with a 2011 Metrolinx
study finding that 36% of children walk to
school while 32% are being driven by car. In contrast, 53% of children
walked in 1985 and 15% were driven.
Walking and cycling to school provide physical
activity, can improve academic performance, promote socialization, and
bring a host of other social, economic and environmental benefits for
children, families and the broader community.
Stepping It Up
From 2009 to 2011 Metrolinx and its partners led the
Stepping It Up
project which introduced the Canadian School Travel Planning model at 30
local elementary schools.
Broader project consultations with Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
stakeholders identified a need for:
• active and sustainable modes of school transportation to be formally
recognized as part of school transportation, and;
• creation of a supportive context for these modes at the provincial,
school board, community, family and individual levels.
Next Steps in Active and Sustainable School Travel
Using the lessons learned from Stepping It Up, Metrolinx is focusing
on the development of broader support for active and sustainable school
travel. This will involve working with a variety of local and provincial
stakeholders, including school boards, municipalities, parent
associations and provincial ministries. These school travel stakeholders
will work together to explore policy, planning and programming that can
support parents and children to walk, cycle and use other active and
sustainable methods safely and comfortably for their travel to and from
The Word on the Street
elementary school students have to say about the benefits of being
active on the trip to and from school and check out the
Teacher’s Guide for classrooms for activities to accompany the
Learn from the
experts about how schools and communities are using the School
Travel Planning method to come together in support of active and
sustainable school travel and the benefits that these efforts can bring.
See how students in Hamilton used
their walk to school to kick-start talk about bettering their community.