Walk and Roll started as a project in the Yorkton Regional High School to get students to take an active approach to getting to school. Now, the students at the school want to get everyone involved in the initiative.
Tara Lazurko, SRC President, is encouraging everyone to take a more active approach to getting where they need to go on June 6.
The event has grown since its humble beginnings, and Lazurko says that their goal every year is to see a parking lot empty on the first Wednesday in June. She says that there are prizes and incentives to get more people taking an active approach to getting to class, and she says that the involvement of students and staff is always good to see.
Walk and Roll Day has been extended to the entire city of Yorkton, and Lazurko says that it’s a positive way for the students to get involved in the community where they live.
“It’s showing that we want to get involved in the community and get the community involved in our school as well,” she says.
The event has been recognized by the province, with the students receiving a letter from the Hon. Bill Hutchison congratulating them on the day. Lazurko says that the school is proud to see their efforts to get people more active and more conscious of their transportation choices get recognized.
Lazurko encourages everyone to walk, bike or skateboard to where they need to be on the day, and she says it’s something that can show others a healthy way to get around. She says it’s something that’s good for the body and good for the environment as well.
“It’s summer, the weather’s nice, so why not go out, walk and get healthier?” Lazurko concludes.
June 4-8 is Active Transportation Week
The term active transporation refers to any form of travel that is self- propelled – usually referring to walking, cycling, in-line skating, using a wheel chair, or riding a skateboard. It can include skiing, canoeing and kayaking.
In Yorkton we are fortunate to have choices for safer active transportation with dedicated bike paths and growing awareness opportunities said Sheila Hryniuk, Chairperson of the Yorkton Active Trans-portation Collaborative to Yorkton City council members Monday evening.
Noting the benefits of active transportation, which include: health benefits, environmental benefits and economic benefits, Hryniuk requested council declare the week of June 4-8 as Active Transportation Week in the City of Yorkton. Council granted the request and as such, residents are encouraged to get out and get active.
Visit the city’s website at: www.yorkton.ca for tips on safe cycling.