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The Active School Travel (AST) Pilot Program is a pilot initiative led by BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) and is funded by the B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure.

What is the goal of the Pilot Program?

The goal of the pilot is to support more students to walk, bike and scoot to and from school. The pilot will test adapted materials from existing evidence-based Active School Travel Programs in a small cohort of B.C. school communities from January to December 2022. With guidance and support, selected schools will implement plans and activities using a range of tools, resources and templates provided by BC Healthy Communities.

What are the benefits Active School Travel provides?

The Active School Travel (AST) Pilot Program aims to support B.C. students and families to be more active, more often for the school journey. Using active modes of travel such as walking and cycling allows students to spend more time outside while staying connected with family and peers in a way that ensures safe physical distancing. When school communities invest in developing sustainable projects and plans that encourage students to walk and cycle more often for at least part of their school journey, they also support lasting changes in physical, mental and social well-being for students, staff and families. More walking and cycling also means less traffic congestion around schools, resulting in improved air quality and safer traffic conditions, which supports the safety of students, families, staff and the surrounding community. For more information on the benefits of Active School Travel programs, including evidence-based best practice examples of strategies that lead to increases in active school travel outcomes, download this Active School Travel Fact Sheet from Ontario Active School Travel.

How do I get my school involved?

We are not currently accepting grant applications for Active School Travel grants.

If you have questions, you can watch the recording of our recent info session, review the Application Guide, or contact BC Healthy Communities for more information.

The Active School Travel Pilot Program is conducted in partnership with the Ministry of Transportation and is managed and delivered by BC Healthy Communities Society.