Welcome to the DSR

The morning and afternoon walk (or wheel) to and from school is an opportunity for kids to connect with their neighbourhood and friends, improve their mental health through exercise, help the environment, and experience independence on a daily basis. Every child has the right to safe mobility options in their communities, which promote healthy, active lifestyles starting at an early age.

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100% of students walking or wheeling to and from school every day.

The DSR is an active transportation system for kids, with kids. Our approach is grounded in the fact that kids possess a unique and valuable understanding of their community and how they like to travel in it. We employ award-winning community engagement strategies to understand how students are traveling to school and the challenges they face. Then, we work closely with the community to develop solutions to overcome these challenges. Our aspiration is to get 100% of students to walk/wheel to and from school every day.

2021-2022 School Year

This school year will be a busy one for the DSR as we engage more school communities. With generous funding from the McNally Foundation, we’ll be adding 26 new elementary schools to the DSR. If you would like to get your school involved, please contact us using the form at the bottom of this page.

We will be continuing our work at the original pilot schools, as we still have lots to learn about how to get more students walking and wheeling to school. Our main project at each school will be creating student streets, starting with wayfinding signage. We’ll also be piloting our bikeshare for kids, KoBi, at one pilot school. Additional projects can be found on the school pages.

Healthy Kids

Walking and wheeling to school helps children reach the recommended 60 minutes per day of moderate to vigorous physical activity. This helps to improve:

  • Mental health, including reduced stress, depression and anxiety, and increased happiness, 
  • Cardiovascular health, 
  • Healthy brain development,
  • Concentration in the classroom

Healthy Community

Reducing traffic volumes at bell times creates safer school zones for all students. Improving walking and cycling routes to school enhances the safety, connectivity, and quality of life for the community as a whole.

Healthy Environment

Kids can do their part in the fight against climate change. Every time they walk or wheel to school, they are reducing emissions, which are linked to cardiovascular and lung disease, and impacted cognitive development.

Featured Projects

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Community Engagement

We believe that students and parents know their community best.

Interactive Map

Learn about crossing guard locations, travel times, routes to school, and more!

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What is a Student Street?

Our design principles.

Get Involved

If you have questions, suggestions, want more information, or just want to chat, fill out this form and we will be in touch!

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Project Partners