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International Walk to School Month

IWALK Day: Wednesday, October 5, 2011
IWALK Week: October 3-7, 2011

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International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is the annual, premier event of the Active & Safe Routes to School program, taking place each October. It is a mass celebration of active transportation and its related issues are used to introduce communities to the Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program. To learn more about this international event visit www.iwalktoschool.org.

IWALK Resources
IWALK Month Organizing Materials and Activity Ideas for Schools

"Thanks for your efforts!! We have expanded IWALK to once a month with eyes on once a week when the weather improves. A big incentive for our students is your wonderful green IWALK stickers."
- Larkspur Public School, Brampton, Ontario

Peterborough students celebrate IWALK

"Everyone in our school tries to walk for a healthy body and safer streets. I like walking to school with my friends because we could talk. Walking is way better than riding in a car because walking is more fun than getting a ride."
- Student at Morton Way Public School , Brampton , Ontario

Why an International Event?

An international event creates a higher level of awareness of the issues surrounding the journey to and from school, and at the same time provides an opportunity to share expertise and promote best practice.

For many parents around the world, the car has become the main means of transporting children to and from school. Convenience, work commitments, safety concerns and general changes in lifestyle in a growing economy are just some of the factors influencing their choice of travel mode.

The proportion of journeys to school made by car has increased considerably in the last several years, with the knock-off effect being a gradual decline in the numbers of children walking to and from school on a regular basis.

The general themes that are promoted during IWALK include: increasing daily physical activity, improving safety, enhancing the environment, reducing levels of crime, developing community cohesion, promoting social interaction and reducing traffic congestion, pollution and speed near schools.

International Walk to School Day wins prestigious international award

Stockholm Partnership for Sustainable Cities Award

On June 5th, 2002, the 30th World Environment Day, the International Walk to School project was awarded the Stockholm Partnership for Sustainable Cities Award from his Majesty, the King of Sweden, at a ceremony in Stockholm City Hall. IWALK was among 14 winners representing innovative solutions for sustainable development in metropolitan areas from thirteen countries around the world.

The winners of the Stockholm Partnership for Sustainable Cities Award were selected by an international jury. In all, over 220 development projects from 53 countries submitted entries to the Partnerships Programme. Together, they represent a 'knowledge base' for the urban innovations useful to cities all over the world.

In February 2004 the Stockholm award arrived in Ontario, Canada, for a brief visit, and was presented to Morton Way Public School at a school assembly on February 26.

Read about the Morton Way IWALK Award ceremony ...

History of International Walk to School Month

Learn more about the origins of this growing international event ...

IWALK Parade in London, Ontario
IWALK Parade in London, Ontario

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