Car Free Wednesdays

Car Free Wednesdays

Building a little active transportation into the day is a great way to easily increase daily physical activity levels, and we know our kids need it. Only 14% of kids aged 5-11 meet Canadian activity targets of 60 minutes each day. By walking, biking or riding their scooter to school, kids can gain on average 10-40 minutes of activity each day!

To encourage them along, Active School Travel Peterborough’s Car Free Wednesdays program runs every Wednesday throughout the school year.

Schools can,

  • Use the simple promo package to remind students to walk, roll or bus every Wednesday, or
  • Register for prizes by completing quick monthly surveys that track student travel choices.

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.

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

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.

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:

CFW School Coordinator Toolkit

Car Free Wednesdays Poster_English
Park and Stride Poster_English
Classroom Survey_English
Car Free Wednesdays Poster_French
Park and Stride Poster_French
Classroom Survey_French

Bring the active and safe transportation message into the classroom with one of our NEW 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.