Guelph, Ont., September 30, 2016 – Mayor Cam Guthrie and players representing the Guelph Hurricanes Hockey Club will take part in a walk to school event with teachers, parents and students from Paisley Road Public School and St. Joseph Catholic School, in celebration of International Walk to School Month. The annual event, open to the public, promotes walking and cycling as part of a healthy lifestyle and road safety in school zones.
Walk to School Day
Guelph Hurricanes hockey players: Nick Bird, Kevin Gergley, Ben Maidment, Chris Poletek, Lucas Pozzobon and Cameron Stokes
Teachers, school board trustees, parents and students from St. Joseph Catholic School and Paisley Road Public School
When and Where
Wednesday, October 5
8:20 a.m.: Meet in the Peak Performance parking lot at 100 Crimea Street
8:30 a.m.: Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players to lead a 10-minute walk along Alma Street to Paisley Road Public School
8:40 a.m.: Snap a selfie with the Mayor and Guelph Hurricanes players in the school yard before the bell rings.
“I can’t wait to meet the kids from St. Joseph and Paisley Road and walk to school with them,” said Mayor Cam Guthrie. “Walking to school is good for your health, good for the environment, and it even helps reduce traffic congestion around our schools. Most importantly, it’s fun to walk to school with family and friends.”
This event is an initiative of the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School Committee (WDG ASRTS), which includes representatives from the City of Guelph, Upper Grand District School Board, Wellington Catholic District School Board, WDG Public Health, Wellington-Dufferin Student Transportation Services Consortium and eMERGE Guelph.
The City supports walking and cycling to school with such initiatives as school crossing guards at key intersections, reduced speed limits near elementary schools and building a connected network of on- and off-road bike facilities. There are 63 kilometres of bike lanes throughout Guelph helping make cycling easier, safer and more accessible. To learn about the Cycling Master Plan, visit guelph.ca/bike.
Follow Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Active and Safe Routes to School on Twitter at @WDGASRTS or use hashtags #wdgwalkstoschool and #walktoschoolday
About International Walk to School Month
The International Walk to School Month (IWALK) is a global annual event promoted by the Active and Safe Routes to School program, taking place each October. It is a celebration of active transportation.
For more information
Transportation Demand Management Coordinator
Engineering and Capital Infrastructure Services
519-822-1260 extension 2791