Car Free Wednesdays

Car Free Wednesdays

Car Free Wednesdays encourages families to leave the car at home and walk, roll or bus to and from school.  This helps to reduce congestion and emissions around the school, making for a healthier, safer environment. It also gives kids a chance to meet up with friends and get a little exercise before the school day begins. Studies show that even a quick burst of activity in the morning helps to improve focus and behaviours through the day.

Bring Car Free Wednesdays to your school.

The Car Free Wednesdays program allows schools to develop encouragement and celebrations that fit their specific school.  Register with Active School Travel Peterborough and we will provide support, resources, and PRIZES.

Prizes for the 2020/2021 include school bike racks, bike pumps & locks, or other active transportation tools.  What does your school need?  We can work with you to find prizes that help your students and fit your program.

If you are a teacher, principal, student, or parent who would like promotional materials or to register for prizes, please contact Jaime for more information.

We have also included a new way to travel to school called Park & Stride.  For families who must drive, we encourage Park & Stride as a way to travel.  Park a few blocks from the school and then stride, or walk, the rest of the way.

Contact Information

Jaime Akiyama, Coordinator, Transportation and Urban Design Programs, GreenUP
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext 210
Fax: 705-745-4413

Downloadable Documents

For PDF versions of the Car Free Wednesdays Program Materials, select the links below:

Car Free Wednesdays School Information

Car Free Wednesdays Wall Poster

CFW School Coordinator Toolkit

Classroom Survey_English

Classroom Survey_French

Bring the active and safe transportation message into the classroom with one of our lesson ideas!

Lesson 1: Crossing the Street (JK-2)
Lesson 1 Materials: Steps to Safe Crossing Cards

Lesson 2: Transportation Pictograph (JK-4)
Lesson 2 Materials: Transportation Choices Cards

Lesson 3: Map of My Community (Gr. 3-4)
Lesson 4: Public Transportation Poll (Gr. 3-4)


GreenUP, City of Peterborough, Peterborough Public Health, Student Transportation Services of Central Ontario, Crossing Guards of Peterborough, Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, Peterborough Victoria Northumberland Clarington Catholic District School Board, Peterborough County, and Peterborough Community Police.