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Powell River Youth Active Transportation Project

Powell River Youth Active Transportation Project

According to a recent international study, only 7% of school aged children in Canada meet the recommended minimum of one hour of physical activity every day. By comparison, current estimates suggest that the average Canadian child spends 3-4 hours per day in front of a screen. We aim to change that ratio in Powell River.

Read this article participaction.com/alarming-facts-about-kids-and-screen-time

Powell River Cycling Association is collaborating with School District 47, the Powell River Division of Family Practice, and the City of Powell River on a youth active transportation project. High school students are being mentored to teach elementary classes about the benefits of being physically active, with special emphasis on walking or biking to school. The project has been funded by Vancouver Coastal Health in recognition of the importance of getting kids moving to promote health and wellness. Significant contributions in kind are being made by the City of Powell River, PRCA and School District 47.

The project has 6 main components:

  1. Classroom active transportation teaching for grade 4 students, taught by high school students, supported by teachers
  2. Mapping of walking/biking routes to schools, facilitated by local artist Megan Dill
  3. Child-inspired bike rack designs, fabrication by local artist/welder Colin McRae
  4. Bike skills teaching at the school
  5. Bike Night” event at the Recreation Complex May 30, open to all ages (during Bike to Work/Bike to School Week)
  6. Research with teachers, parents and students on active transportation behaviours

Project Co-founder, Coordinator: Chris Bratseth, SD 47
Project Co-founder: Chris Morwood, PRCA

Check out the video on the “Powell River Youth Bike Share Project” to see how we are supporting kids who don’t have bikes to participate (or on YouTube).

The project went live today (April 21) in local grade 4 classes, and will be running for 4 consecutive weeks. Stay tuned for more exciting details!

For more information about the project, or if you want to help out at the skills sessions (May 5,6), email us at: info@bikepowellriver.ca

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