Welcome to the DSR

An active transportation system for kids, with kids

Physical activity has a powerful impact on a child’s brain health and development. Children who participate in physical activity before school are better prepared to learn, to connect with others, and to deal with life’s challenges. Because of this, we think the school day starts when a child begins their journey to school. Our aspiration is to get 100% of kids who live close enough using active transportation (walk, bike, wheelchair, scooter, etc.) to get to and from school daily.

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

Our fundamental belief is that if we want all kids to walk/wheel to school for the benefit of their brain health, then we must create a transportation system that is designed based on their needs and desires. This will ensure that students can and want to use active transportation to get to and from school. Creating safe, convenient, and desirable walking routes for kids to get to school is an investment into their health and development.

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 signs. 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 limiting emissions from automobiles, which directly impact the Earth’s climate.

Featured Projects

Learn about our process

The steps we take when working with school communities

Interactive Map

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

OPHEA Healthy Schools Certification

The DSR is a community partner that can help schools become certified.

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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