Active School Travel
The City of Nanaimo's 2014 Transportation Master Plan included a need to identify and promote an Active School Travel as part of a refreshed approach toward neighbourhood transportation: reducing the negative impacts of vehicle traffic while encouraging walking and cycling; and enhancing the health, livability, and sustainability of communities.
Employing the School Travel Planning Process, the City and School District 68 are working with stakeholders and local schools to identify barriers to walking and cycling and develop strategies to overcome them. Each school who has participated in the program has
specific needs, issues, and solutions.
The City of Nanaimo's Active School Travel program aims to use the 5E's to promote and support safe, healthy, and physically active trips to school for all students.
School Travel Planning & Route Planning
The outcome of the Active School Travel program was the development of a series of active school travel packages for each of the four schools that participated in 2018. Once finalized, these reports will be uploaded.
Route travel maps were also created to highlight popular routes that children travel.
2018 School Travel Maps:
2006 School Travel Maps:
Drive to 5+ & Walking School Bus Initiatives
Drive-to-five+ is a program where parents drop-off and pick-up their children at locations that are a five-fifteen minute walk from the school. There are various ways to structure this program, depending on the age of the students and the capacities of
the school Parent Advisory Council (PAC).
Walking School Buses are a group of children walking to school with an adult. Safety in numbers - this is a fun way for parents and children to embrace active modes to and from school with an added level of comfort.
If you are interested in initiating a program like these at your school, here is a toolkit to help you get started:
Nanaimo's Drive to 5+ Toolkit
School Safety Patrol
BCAA includes a number of resources on their websites to start a Student Leadership & School Safety Program at your School.
The City of Nanaimo does not offer cycling skill courses through Parks & Rec; however, there are a number of cycling groups in town to explore and online resources to teach your children about pedestrian and cycling road safety.
If your school is interested in developing a plan to promote Active Routes to School, please contact:
City of Nanaimo, Transportation Engineering Department
For resources to plan your family or student's active trip to school, check out the Nanaimo Ladysmith School District's "Getting to School" webpage: www.sd68.bc.ca/students-parents/getting-to-school/