One Day One School Program LeadOne Day One School Program
By Aretha Munro
VANCOUVER, BC - “Taking small steps towards reducing energy use, one day at a time.” This is One Day's vision to help Vancouver be the cleanest, greenest, healthiest city in the world. This local program focuses on what to do at home, on the move, at work, at school and at the store. It advocates for residents to reduce energy in order to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to protect the climate. Consequently, a major aspect of this program, in the school section, One Day One School (ODOS), is the encouragement of cycling.
The ODOS objectives are to reduce greenhouse gases and to reduce vehicle traffic and congestion around schools. This includes getting students, parents and school staff to walk and cycle. There are different components offered to participating schools during the three phases of this program.
All ODOS schools involved receive the following: cycling skills training, a traffic safety review, the best cycling/ walking route maps, an unclaimed-bicycle donation program, as well as climate change-related classroom activities and workshops. Phase three schools are additionally involved with a community partnership, community-based cycling events and a bike mentor program.
There is one Vancouver secondary school currently participating in phase three of the ODOS pilot program. This secondary school will mentor elementary students in the same community, reduce barriers, and promote cycling as a fun activity.
Cycling is undoubtedly a key cog in making Vancouver one of the cleanest, healthiest and greenest cities.
If your school would like to find out more about the ODOS program please contact ODOS by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 604-871-6081.
Tools and resources from One Day One School can be found here.