On May 16, 2011, the Waterloo Region District School Board adopted an Active Transportation Charter.

What is an active transportation charter?

The Charter is a formal recognition of the value of active transportation. The Charter is a statement of principles that recognizes the value of active modes of transportation for the journey to and from school.

Why is it called a charter?

The Charter has no legal status; it serves as a mutual agreement to foster awareness of and support for active transportation activities. It would be referred to in the developmental stages of various actions being undertaken by boards.

What is active transportation?

Active transportation is defined as human-powered forms of travel such as walking, cycling, in-line skating, and manual wheelchairs.

What can an active transportation charter do?

A Charter can be influential by guiding students, staff, parents and boards to consider how activities, and decisions could encourage active transportation. The Charter is one step in fostering more active transportation in the community.

Why did the Board initiate an active transportation charter?

The Charter reflects the shift in direction that many boards are now engaged in, to encourage healthier, more active students. The Charter acknowledges that active transportation is an important component of a healthy lifestyle and learning. It adds weight to the importance of active transportation-supporting infrastructure and policies.

What are the benefits of active transportation?

Active modes of transportation are a vital part of an individual’s daily physical activity. By using active modes of transportation to school, students gain independence that contributes to their social and psychological development. This prepares them for learning and fosters a lifelong habit of using active modes of transportation. By reducing automobile use, air quality around schools can be improved.