Hundreds of schools from across Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area participated in Bike to School week organized by Events Subcommittee of Active and Sustainable School Transportation (ASST) Regional Hub of Metrolinx. The subcommittee is comprised of staff from Metrolinx and its program Smart Commute, school boards, Public Health units, municipal Transportation Services departments, and non-governmental organizations.

B2SW 2016 David Suzuki SS

Bike racks full at David Suzuki Secondary School, Brampton.

Six Municipal Regions are represented on the HUB including: Hamilton, Halton, Peel, Toronto, York, and Durham.

B2SW Peel schools

For signing up on the Bike Month web-site, schools received information and incentives for organizing events to encourage students of all ages to ride their bikes to and from school, not just during this special week, but throughout the school year. Many of the schools ran contests or other events during each day of bike to school week.

Cycling safety was a focus for this year’s events.  Thanks to a generous grant from Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Community Partnership Program, many schools across the area were provided with cycling safety prizes including helmets, bells and Bike Booster safety information cards.

Nelson Mandela PS B2SW

BikeBrampton , with help from the ASST Hub, submitted and administered the grant and the safety gear was distributed to the schools by Hub members in each of the Regions.

This year’s Bike To School Week saw a significant increase in the number of schools participating as well as the number of kids participating at each school.

The graph below, produced by the mother of a student at RJ Lee Public School is representative of the type of growth seen at many of the participating schools.

B2SW 2yr impact RJ Lee

Social media contributed to the campaign’s success. Teachers helped to get the word out!

Massey St PS B2SW
Bike Boosets postcards

These guys can’t wait for Bike to School Week 2017!

Sir Adam Beck B2SW