Brant introduces active school travel signs

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Brant County has installed active school travel signs around three elementary schools in Paris to encourage walking.

The signs have been installed near Northward, Cobblestone and Sacred Heart schools as part of a pilot project.

“Encouraging children’s physical activity, enjoying more time outside and reducing our carbon footprint are all important objectives of this new walk or cycle to school program,” said Brant Mayor David Bailey.

October is International Walk to School Month and Wednesday is IWALK Day.

“We are very excited for families to use the active school travel signs,” said Jake Cerson, Brant’s community development co-ordinator of engagement and social programming. “The signs will provide the community with estimated times it will take you to walk or cycle to school from the designated sign areas”.

The signs are supported by Ontario Active School Travel, a program of Green Communities Canada.

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The county hopes the signs will lead to healthier children, less traffic and pollution and safer school zones, among other benefits.

Cerson said parents who drive their children to school can use the signs as drop-off sites, allows students to walk the rest of the way.

For safety purposes, younger children should be accompanied by an adult or a group of older children when walking or cycling to school. ”

The Active School Travel in Brant projects team is a partnership with the county, City of Brantford, Brant County Health Unit, Grand Erie District School Board and Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk.

“We are thrilled with the progress we have been able to make in the community for the students and families who are looking to actively travel to and from school,” said Phillip Kuckyt, manager of transportation services for Student Transportation Services Brant Haldimand Norfolk. “

For more information on active school travel signs and location maps, visit www.brant.ca/ActiveSchoolTravel.

For more information on Ontario Active School Travel, visit www.ontarioactiveschooltravel.ca.

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