Health Unit Introduces New Walk and Wheel Program

New Initiative Hopes To Get Kids Moving

There’s a renewed push to get kids walking and wheeling to school.

The Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit unveiled a new initiative in Bradford today, called the Simcoe Muskoka Active School Project. This new program, a collaboration between local school boards and governments, hopes to create active transportation plans for 17 schools across the region, through activities and educational initiatives for students. “Thirty years ago, walking and wheeling to school happened more frequently. It’s happening less and less over the decades.” says the Health Unit’s Natalie Riewe “With this project, we hope to make safe spaces to help walk and wheel more often.”

South Simcoe Police Services Deputy Chief Robyn McElary-Downer says police welcome any initiatives that reduce congestion of cars and get kids moving. “Everyone sees the chaos around school sites with traffic congestion in the mornings and afternoons, and it’s not safe.”

The funds come by way of the Ontario Active School Travel Fund, a provincially-supported funding source administered by Green Communities Canada that is awarded to those who apply for initiatives that have a lasting impact on active school travel.