A new government-funded program is planning to see more Hamilton kids choose active and sustainable modes of transportation when traveling to and from school.
On September 6, the City of Hamilton, in partnership with the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic and Hamilton Public Board, received $100,000 as part of the Ontario Active School Travel Fund which will help support and expand active school travel for elementary school-aged children.
“This partnership goes a long way to creating a safe, healthy and sustainable community for future generations of students,” said Chairperson of the Board Patrick Daly.
“Active school travel not only aligns with our commitment to Stewardship of Creation but ensures a healthy and active lifestyle for our students.”
Hamilton, which was one of 12 communities selected for funding, will use the grant to strengthen the city’s existing Active and Sustainable School Travel program. The hope is that with more students walking, wheeling or using transit, fewer cars will be on the road resulting in less pollution, improved pedestrian safety and increased physical activity.
Said Mayor Fred Eisenberger, “Thanks to funding from the province, Hamilton can continue to ensure our youngest residents are healthy and safe, while working towards our vision of being the best place to raise a child successfully.”