HEAL works with London elementary school to encourage active transportation
HEAL Researcher, Dr. Andrew Clark, HEAL Alumni, along with Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) and the London Middlesex Road Safety Committee (LMRSC) were featured on Global News and CBC Radio earlier this month. Clark and HEAL Alumni, Emily Van Kesteren from the Middlesex London Health Unit, were also featured in a related article in the Londoner.
With a population of 700 plus students, Sir Arthur Currie Public School is encouraging parents to drop their children off at the school’s new designated driver drop-off location “Coyote Drop Zone”. Sir Arthur Currie’s school principle says traffic in and around the school is the most common complaint she receives from parents. In effort to resolve the issue, the school has proposed a structured and healthy daily routine of walking to and from school.
The school, in partnership with Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) and the London Middlesex Road Safety Committee (LMRSC) has designated the nearby Foxfield Park as the new driver drop-off location. Sir Arthur Currie proposed that they must actually show the community how easy it can be to put a stop to heavy vehicle congestion. On Friday September 6, Buroak Drive was closed during morning drop-off times to encourage students to begin their morning by walking to school. Safety patrollers, trained by London Police School Resource Officers were placed on the street to ensure a safe travel to school.
Dr. Andrew Clark, HEAL Senior Project Coordinator, informed CBC News that the new drop-off zone promotes healthy active living by getting students to walk from Foxfield park to Sir Arthur Currie Public School. By students walking to school they can become more physically fit and arrive to school alert and ready to learn. Physical activity can lead to improved mental health as well as a better nights sleep.
The Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) steering committee of St. Thomas, Elgin, London, Middlesex, and Oxford is comprised of many community groups, including the HEAL at Western University. Active and Safe Routes to School promotes the use of active transportation to school as a safe, healthy alternative to students arriving in vehicles.
ASRTS originated with the intention to decrease traffic around the school while increasing the number of children who active travel to and from schoolby promoting active transportation in a safe and healthy manner. The Active & Safe Routes to School was created on behalf of school champions who were concerned for children’s health and safety and has since become a national movement supported by a large network of partners who strive to increase healthy active living in an educational setting.
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