Active & Safe Routes to School

Making Tracks
Nova Scotian curriculum-linked program for learning to bike, skateboard, scooter, and walk. It helps children and youth develop active transportation skill competency, confidence and safety, and encourages them to choose active transportation as a means to travel within their communities.
Find out more about Making Tracks here: http://saferoutesns.ca/programs/making-tracks
Their Walking Safety Program helps children learn about the rules for walking and crossing the street, how to dress appropriately for weather and terrain, and how to deal with some of the dangers they may encounter.
They have resource manuals and passports available for those trained in Making Tracks to use. They also offer free loans of cycling tool kits, safety kits, skateboards, scooters and safety gear to assist your program once you’ve taken our leader training (train-the-trainer) and you’re ready to deliver a program.
Also, there is also a great video on YouTube featuring their former Youth AT Coordinator, Jen McGowan, and our Making Tracks Project Officer, Adam Berry, who leads many of the MT events that they offer.

Active & Safe Routes to School in Nova Scotia encourages more children, youth and their families  to use active transportation – such as walking and cycling – for the environment, physical activity  and traffic safety. It is coordinated in Nova Scotia by the Ecology Action Centre in partnership with  the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness as part of the Active Kids Healthy Kids Initiative.

Winter Walk Day 2015 Held – Any Day in February, 2015

Schools and youth groups registered at http://saferoutesns.ca/programs/winter-walk-day and qualified to win prizes. The event was a partnership of the Ecology Action Centre, Heart&Stroke Walkabout and Recreation Nova Scotia’s Take the Roof Off Winter campaign, which promoted healthy outdoor winter activity in NS.

Baddeck Academy & Wagmatcookewey Schools were approached to see if they are interested in participating benefitting in Active and Safe Routes to school for their students: Outcomes: TBA. For further information, please visit: http://www.saferoutesns.ca/

For Further Information, please contact:

Stephanie Johnstone-Laurette, MSc, BA; Youth Active Transportation Coordinator – Cape Breton & Eastern N.S

Ecology Action Centre

902-562-5371 / stp-cb@ecologyaction.ca

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