Jacky Kennedy, Green Communities Canada
Kent Cruger, Principal, Bear Creek Elementary School

We are pleased to feature case studies from two of North America’s leading Active and Safe Routes to School programs, which engage elementary school students and their families in walking and cycling more. The first presentation provides an overview of Active and Safe Routes to School in North America, discusses why and how Green Communities Canada shifted its program to focus increasingly on school travel planning, and described the results achieved. It also speaks to how to sell the approach to local stakeholders (funders and partners) and how to make the approach work in rural areas. The second case study describes what has happened at Bear Creek Elementary School, Boulder, Colorado. When Bear Creek first introduced its program in 2007, only one quarter of its students were walking or bicycling to school with the majority being driven by car. Over  two years, it saw an almost three-fold increase in the proportion of students using active transportation; seventy per cent of students were walking or bicycling to school consistently throughout the school year. Bear Creek is the recipient of the James L. Oberstar Safe Routes to School Award for 2008 awarded by the (U.S.) National Centre for Safe Routes to School.