Active School Travel
Walk or Wheel TBay (WOW TBay) is part of the province-wide Ontario Active School Travel project. This project is made possible through financial support from Green Communities Canada and the Government of Ontario. WOW TBay has received $86,000 to deliver active school travel initiatives to elementary-aged students from May 2018-June 2020. The purpose of WOW TBay is to encourage families to choose active transportation for the trip to and from school. Active transportation refers to any form of human-powered (non-motorized) travel such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, scooter, or skateboard. Students who are bused can also be encouraged to use active transportation to get to the bus stop. Active transportation increases physical activity, improves physical, mental and emotional health while also benefiting our environment.
What is WOW TBay?
WOW TBay is a committee co-chaired by staff at EcoSuperior Environmental Programs and the Thunder Bay District Health Unit. The committee also includes staff from Lakehead Public Schools, Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board, Student Transportation Services of Thunder Bay, the City of Thunder Bay, and Thunder Bay Police Service. The role of WOW TBay is to connect partners and to work closely with schools to develop and implement active school travel plans. WOW TBay also helps schools access resources that will support their active transportation initiatives.
In working together, school administrators, teachers, parents, other school board staff, public health departments and municipalities can implement an Active School Travel Program focused on promoting active transportation. Schools will be able to leverage resources of all partners, as well as staff resources from Facilitators, to create an effective program.
Who is eligible to apply?
Junior and senior elementary schools are eligible to apply. One application per school.
Applying to participate
The WOW TBay program will work with four Thunder Bay elementary schools to develop and implement active school travel plans. Ecole Gron Morgan and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School were selected to participate in May 2018. Schools will have a second opportunity to apply to join the program in January 2019, when a two new schools will be selected. At the four selected schools, guardians, students, teachers and administrators will work collaboratively with the WOW TBay committee to develop an effective active school travel plan that meets the needs of each school community.
Participating schools will receive approximately $15,000 of in-kind support to deliver initiatives.