L.A.C.E. up! Challenge

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Guides and Documents

Active Transportation Policy Statement

Canadian Medical Association. 2009 statement calls for all levels of government to commit to long-term plans for developing active transportation networks, benchmark progress, and require that active transportation be part of all infrastructure renewal projects

Active Transportation in Canada Guide

This guide is designed to be used as a step-by-step planning guide to help design, implement and evaluate active transportation initiatives (programs, projects, policies) in your community, as a general resource for individuals interested in learning more about active transportation, or for communities looking to develop a specific active transportation project or program.

Walk This Way Leader's Guide

This guide was developed with the goal of supporting First Nations populations in making walking part of their lives. The Leader's Guide will support individuals working in public health, community health, education, and recreation by providing them with the information needed to start and maintain walking programs in their community.

Variety of Benefits

Active commuting can provide numerous benefits: health, personal, economic, community, and environmental. This document lists a few of them that you can use to help promote the challenge in your school or  workplace/organization.

Impacts of Commuting Actively

Calculate the impact you're having! 

  • Calories: 55 per KM

  • Co2 = Potential Co2 – Co2 Emitted

Potential Co2 = Total KM * 0.2242 (assumes mid size car/gas) o Co2 Emitted = Total KM * [Emission Factor based on Mode]

Emission factors – Drive: 0.2242 – Carpool (2 people): 0.1121 

  • Fuel saved = Total KM / 100 * [Fuel Factor]

Fuel Factors – Drive: 0 – Carpool (2 people): 3.17 – Carpool (3+): 4.75 – Scooter: 7.5 – Transit: 8.9183 – All other modes: 9.5

Source: GHG Protocol

In the Workplace

Active and sustainable modes of transportation enhance employee productivity, health and job satisfaction.

  • Increase productivity. Active commuters saved an average of 107 minutes per day between commute time reductions and fewer home office distractions. 74% of telecommuters in that study reported an increase in their productivity, with 85% of managers also noticing a productivity increase from their telecommuting workers (McCune, 2011).

  • Reduce sick days. Healthy commuters are more relaxed at the workplace and take fewer days off sick.

  • Reduce workplace accidents. Healthy commuters are more alert and adept at work.

  • Enhance public image. Employers who promote and facilitate the well being of employees, communities, and the environment enjoy greater loyalty and respect from employees and customers alike.

Promoting Active Commuting

This document contains just a few things that workplaces or organizations can do to promote active and sustainable transportation for employees.

Connection to the Classroom

Schools all over the MRA region will be participating in the L.A.C.E. up! Challenge. Below are ideas on how you can make connections, celebrate and congratulate children for walking/wheeling to school.

Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS)

School Travel Planning is a proven, cost-effective way to get more kids walking and wheeling to school. And, when effectively coordinated and implemented, it results in positive travel behaviour changes with health, safety, environmental and economic benefits. The Ontario ECO Schools program includes an Active Transportation Campaign Kit to help schools achieve certification through ASRTS initiatives.

Walking School Bus

A “walking school bus” often entails one or two adult volunteers escorting a group of children from pickup points or their homes to school along a fixed route, starting with the pickup point or home that is farthest from the school and stopping at other pickup points or homes along the way.

IWALK Activity Ideas

Looking for inspiration on how to motivate students who live too far from school to walk or wheel, competitions and peer motivation, or classroom activities? Check out the IWALK Activity Ideas sheet for some inspiration! 

Planet Protector Academy

The Planet Protector Academy - Keep Cool Program inspires kids to become climate action superheroes and change their families’ energy and transportation habits! It's 6 weekly one hour modules in the classroom combined with at-home superhero missions cover a range of climate action topics, including active transportation. The program is directly linked to school curriculum (Grades 3-6) of AlbertaBritish ColumbiaSaskatchewanOntario (Grades 2-6) and Manitoba.

Making Tracks

Making Tracks was developed in Nova Scotia and is a suite of training and resources to build student competence in active travel by foot, bike, scooter, skateboard, and rollerblade.

Enhancing the quality of life of the Mackenzie region residents through physical literacy and active for life opportunities while fostering and supporting the development of recreation, volunteers, and leadership.