Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – A new initiative in Saskatchewan to encourage children to walk or bike to school has the potential to cut down on vehicle idling, traffic near schools and road dangers, in addition to its health benefits.

Green Communities Canada’s School Travel Planning project is working with Saskatchewan In Motion to support schools working to get children moving more. The project is part of a larger project to encourage children to participate in 30 minutes of daily physical activity and to eat healthy foods at school.

School Travel Planning works with community stakeholders such as municipal decision makers, school district leaders, public health officials and police to create an environment where walking and biking to school is a viable choice for the greatest number of children possible. The project was successfully piloted during the 2009/2010 school year at St. Edwards School and will extend to 12 more schools across Saskatchewan this year.

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