Please help us reduce the volume of vehicle traffic at the school during arrival and departure times by encouraging our students to walk. Walking to school has many benefits. Please consider the information below.
Did you know that people who walk and ride their bikes to school are happier? A study conducted by Green Communities Canada found that students (and the parents who accompanied them) enjoyed a deeper connection to their community, nature, and other people. This connection was found to decrease stress, and to increase happiness.
Walking or cycling to school; a smart choice
Walking to school can lead to better academic performance. Just 20 minutes of walking in the morning can increase mental focus at school for up to four hours! This can lead to higher test scores, better music practice, or even a better soccer game! Just look at the difference between brain activity in a student who sat quietly in the morning and one who was active for 20 minutes:
The World Health Organization recommends that children accumulate a minimum of 60 minutes of physical activity each and every day for greater health. Currently, only 7% of children achieve that minimum recommendation. The active commute to and from school provides an average of around 10 additional minutes of activity per child each way. That really adds up to better health over the weeks, the months, and the years!
Your body is made for walking
Did you know that more than half the body’s muscles are designed for walking? Walking is a natural movement that is virtually injury-free, does not require special equipment, and can help you get anywhere you want to go.
Walking/cycling prevents chronic disease
According to the Heart & Stroke Foundation, physical activity helps prevent some chronic diseases including heart disease, hypertension, stroke, type II diabetes, and certain cancers. For instance, some researchers found that the risk of obesity decreases by almost 5% for every kilometer walked each day!
How long does it take to walk to school?
The average rate of walking for an elementary school student is 4.34 kilometres per hour. That means the average student can walk our maximum walking distance – 1.6 kilometres – in 22 minutes at a comfortable pace. It probably doesn’t take that much longer than driving, and it’s a great way to add up those recommended 60 minutes of daily physical activity!
Build stamina by walking
Build up stamina with daily walking; over a month’s time, hikers have found a toddler can start at .09 km and build up to 3.2 km. Small children are able to reach longer distances with practice and the daily habit can expend their natural energy and lead to better sleep, greater focus, and higher school achievement.
Keep our neighbourhood air clean
Walking is an environmentally sustainable form of transportation. Climate change is one of the most pressing issues facing communities, our nation and the international community. Walking is one easy way to replace a car trip and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Nine families walking to school each day can prevent up to 1000 kg of carbon dioxide from being emitted into our neighbourhood.