Every morning this week, UBC sidewalks and crosswalks were swarmed by yellow-clad kids and parents celebrating Walk 'n Roll to School Week!
October 5-9 also marks International Walk to School Week, when communities around the world celebrate the joys and benefits of walking and riding to school. Our UBC community joined thousands of others in choosing safe, active and sustainable transportation.
Now in it's third year, Walk 'n Roll has truly become a community-led initiative. Every morning, rain or shine, you'll find a huge walking school bus (often with 20 + kids) travelling from Wesbrook Place to Norma Rose Point, while a bike train from Acadia Park rules the road on the way to University Hill Elementary. Aside from helping reduce traffic congestion around the schools, encouraging physical fitness and reducing GHG emissions, walking and riding in groups is a fun way to get to know your neighbours and to create a healthier, more vibrant, more connected community!
Huge thanks to the many parents, kids, teachers, volunteers and UBC Kinesiology students who walked and rolled with us all week! I hope you'll keep commuting by foot or bike and hope to see you lace up your running shoes in May for our even bigger and better Walk 'n Roll to School Celebration Week!