Active and Safe Routes to School

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The Upper Grand District School Board is a partner in the Wellington Dufferin Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) Committee. The vision of the Committee is that walking, cycling and other active modes will be attractive, realistic and safe modes of transportation for school students in Wellington, Dufferin and Guelph.

For more information on Active & Safe Routes to School visit their website.

Schools can encourage active travel to school year-round by organizing regular walking events and activities and motivating students, staff and parents to participate by joining the iwalk-iwheel club. Students can receive their own ‘club card’ to track their active travel trips throughout the year and classes can engage in some friendly competition. Give it a try!

Why Walk?

The benefits of walking to school include increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, enhanced neighbourhood safety and a greater sense of community. When we walk to school, even if it’s just for the last few blocks, we contribute to a happier, healthier, cleaner, and safer school neighbourhood.

School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning (STP) is a comprehensive process that is undertaken to assess the barriers to active school transportation in order to develop and implement action plans. See the ASRTS STP website for further information.

In recent years, the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph ASRTS Committee has completed school travel plans for eight (8) of the Upper Grand District School Board's schools:

  • Hyland Heights ES (Shelburne)
  • Jean Little PS (Guelph)
  • Ken Danby PS (Guelph)
  • École King George PS (Guelph)
  • Mitchell Woods PS (Guelph)
  • Princess Margaret PS (Orangeville)
  • Rockwood Centennial PS (Rockwood)
  • Victoria Cross PS (Mount Forest)

Current Projects

School Travel Planning: Feasibility Study for Ontario Ministry of Education

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Region, together with the City of Toronto is participating in a School Travel Planning feasibility study, led by Green Communities Canada on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Education. The study examines the differences in delivering School Travel Planning in urban, suburban and rural communities. The study began in April 2014 and the final report is due for publication in early 2016. Partners for the project include:

  • Green Communities Canada
  • City of Toronto
  • Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
  • Share the Road Cycling Coalition
  • Ontario Ministry of Education
  • City of Guelph
  • Toronto District School Board
  • Toronto Catholic District School Board
  • Toronto Student Transportation Group
  • University of Toronto
  • Upper Grand District School Board
  • Participating communities

The feasibility study includes School Travel Planning for the following five (5) schools in the Upper Grand DSB:

  • Glenbrook PS (Shelburne)
  • J.D. Hogarth PS (Fergus)
  • Minto-Clifford PS (Harriston)
  • Montgomery Village PS (Orangeville)
  • Rickson Ridge PS (Guelph)

Click here to read a summary of the STP activities and results to date for these five schools.

Winter Walk Day – Wednesday February 1, 2017


Grab your mittens, hats and boots and be a part of this fun winter event!

The Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School Committee encourages students to keep active this winter and join schools across Canada to celebrate Winter Walk Day on Wednesday February 1st, 2017.

Dressing warmly for a brisk winter walk can be exhilarating and fun – give it a try on February 1, here are some ideas:

  • If you can walk safely to school, bundle-up warm, leave the car at home and travel to school on foot with your friends.
  • If you live too far to walk the whole way, try getting dropped off at a friend’s house or a few blocks away from the school so you can walk the last leg.
  • If you take the school bus, have a winter walk in the school yard at break time so you can get active too!

Schools can encourage active travel to school by organizing events to celebrate Winter Walk Day, such as crazy hat contests, group walks, classroom competitions and hot chocolate for winter walkers! Visit the Active & Safe Routes to School webpage for Winter Walk Day ideas and resources, including posters and sample news announcements.

Winter Walking Tips:  

  • Keep hands and head covered to prevent heat loss.
  • On really cold days wear a scarf over your face and mouth.
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots.
  • Wear a warm coat that deflects the wind.
  • Woolen clothing helps to retain the heat.
  • Wear clothing or carry knapsacks with reflective material – it’s important to be seen.
  • If possible, change wet clothes at school – tuck an extra pair of socks and mitts into knapsacks.

Wellington Dufferin Guelph ASRTS Committee Member Organizations

  Guelph Police  City of Guelph  WDG Public Health  Wellington County  UGDSB  WCDSB  STWDSTS  Orangeville  Heart and Stroke Foundation  O.P.P.  GCAT