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Walking or cycling to school are modes of active transportation often encouraged among students as a healthy way to get to and from school. Walking, cycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding are all healthy activities children may participate in; however, in Canada, one of the leading causes of injury-related deaths for children 14 years of age and younger is due to pedestrian injuries.

In 2020, there were 116 pedestrian fatalities and a total of 2,742 pedestrian injuries (note: this includes people of all ages).

It is vital that educators, parents, and caregivers talk about pedestrian and bicycle safety with their students and children to ensure that everyone feels confident and safe on their routes. Although it is important that drivers are aware of their surroundings at all times while on the road, it is equally important for pedestrians and cyclists to limit distractions, such as cellphone or other hand-held device use, especially when crossing roads, to limit the risk of injury.

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