Active School Travel & COVID

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory has developed a series of Tweets to help promote Active School Travel in the context of restarting school in the COVID pandemic. Here are a series of Social Media messages that will help share our message to the wider community.

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Cant take the bus?

If you live too far away to walk or wheel all the way to school, try wheeling or driving to a location near the school and #activetravel the rest of the way. Using active transportation helps you maintain #physicaldistancing and also reduces local traffic @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST


Not Taking the Bus This year?

Not taking the school bus this school year? Be an active school traveller by walking/wheeling to school instead! Families who live farther away can wheel or drive to a drop-off location 5 minutes away from the school and #activetravel the rest of the way! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

Not taking the School Bus this year?

Many students won't take the school bus this year but driving to school isn't the only option! Try wheeling or driving together to a spot 5 minutes away from school and walk/wheel the rest! Every bit of #activetravel is good for our health and communities @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

How to become an active traveler

Walking or wheeling to school is a great way for kids to learn their local neighbourhood and meet other kids while maintaining a safe physical distance. Kids who live too far away to walk or wheel the entire way to school can use an alternative drop-off location to still enjoy the benefits of walking to school! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

4 benefits of alternative drop-off locations

Using a drop-off location 5 minutes away from the school when walking, wheeling or driving from home has been shown to benefit the local school area. It helps to increase pedestrian safety and also reduce congestion and air pollution. #Gogreentravelclean! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

Encourage active travel to school

#DYK that when more kids walk and wheel to school, there's less traffic and cleaner air around the local school area? This year, consider walking/ wheeling to school or using a drop-off location 5 minutes away to help improve pedestrian safety! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

4 benefits of active school travel

Why should you use #activeschooltravel? Walking and wheeling to school will not only ensure that your child will remain healthy and active, but will also contribute to clean air and a green environment #gogreentravelgreen! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST @ActiveSchoolTC @BikeWalkRoll

 

Safety benefits of active school travel

Want to help improve your kids' #physicalhealth and contribute to clean air? Try walking/wheeling to school or the bus stop this year! With #activetravel, you can get your daily recommended activity while maintaining #physicaldistancing, it's a win-win! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

Safety benefits of active school travel

Are you ready to send your child back to school? Here are some safety measures to take into account: ☑️Plan and follow a less crowded and safe route for children. ☑️ Maintain a safe social distance of 2 metres when possible. @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST @WDGASRTS

 

Health benefits of active school travel

Want to know some of the health benefits of #activeschooltravel? Here are some of them: ☑️Improves mental health ☑️ Improves cardiovascular and bone health ☑️Builds life-long habits of active and independent mobility. @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST @MLHealthUnit @ActiveSchoolTC

 

Safety benefits of active school travel

Along with proper handwashing, help keep your child(ren) safe this back-to-school period by demonstrating #physicaldistancing measures when practicing your active route to school!

 

Envrionmental benefits of active school travel

#DYK how #activeschooltravel can contribute to a green environment? By walking or wheeling to school you can help to improve local air quality, reduce greenhouse gas emission and contribute to a lower risk of cardiovascular and lung diseases! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST @MLHealthUnit

 

Community benefits of active school travel

#DYK that walking or wheeling to school can contribute to positivity in your community? #Activeschooltravel can foster friendships by developing a sense of belonging in your #community and help you get a better understanding of your local area! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

Practice your active school travel route together

New to #activeschooltravel? Here are some safety tips to get you started:
☑️Plan/ practice a safe route with your child(ren)
☑️Review road safety tips and #physicaldistancing measures
☑️If cycling, wear a well-fitted helmet
Enjoy your #journeyoutside!

 

Practice walking & wheeling to school together

It's back to school season! How are you getting to school this year? Try to find a map, plan a route, and test it out together! Bike lanes, multi-use pathways, and trails are great things to look out for as you plan your perfect #activeschooltravel route! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST

 

Practice walking & wheeling to school together

Are you ready for back to school? Plan and practice your #activeschooltravel route together with your kids so that when September rolls around, everyone feels confident and excited to walk and wheel to school! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST @EverActiveAB @inmotion4Life

 

Try walking & wheeling to school together

#DYK that children who use #activeschooltravel tend to be happier, stay healthier, and demonstrate improved academic performance in school? Try walking or wheeling to school together this school year and see the difference that being active can make! @ELMO_ASRTS @OntarioAST