Youth En Route

Inspiring safe, active travel to school and beyond

students change a bike tire
Students at Bishop O’Byrne HS learn to change a bike tire

About Youth En Route

Look at any bike rack at a High School on a sunny day. Chances are you won’t find many bikes. For many youth, bikes were fun in elementary school, but usage as a mode of transportation decreases with age.

Why? It’s more difficult than you might think. Many schools have bike racks that aren’t secure. Student’s don’t have strong U-Locks and are worried about theft. Students who only see Calgary from the seat of a car don’t know the safest routes or the rules for biking. At one of our schools, 11 per cent of students told us they’d never ridden a bike.

This is why Youth En Route was created in 2021. We want youth to have a green, healthy choice to get to school. Our programming and projects empower youth to be able to make this choice.

Take a look at what we are doing:

Temporary bike racks at Lester Pearson HS
students learn how to find the best route
BOB students find the best and safest route to where they want to go
Forest Lawn HS welding students work on YERs new and improved school bike rack

See our recent posts

YER and GFL Seniors partnership delivers wheels to schools
One of the benefits of working on a shoestring is that you’re looking for ways…
May 10, 2022
Bishop O'Byrne students take bike leadership to local elementary schools
Many Alberta High Schools have Leadership courses. They expect students to develop and apply skills…
April 22, 2022
City to study Bikes on Calgary Transit without time restrictions
Watching the March 29, 2022 Calgary City Council Meeting was fun, (after talking about birds,…
April 11, 2022
How to re-work old bike racks to make them functional again
Long steel racks, with rebars posts a 3-4 inches apart were designed in the 1950s…
March 9, 2022
Youth en Route improves old-school bike racks making them functional
What is in virtually every school yard in Canada and is practically useless? The bike…
February 15, 2022
Bike Shop in a Box gets youth on wheels
From our surveys in high schools, we know that many youth have bikes. Ownership rates…
February 1, 2022

About Us

About our Organization:

Youth En Route aims to break down the barriers that stop students from using active transportation to get to school. It could be lack of secure storage facilities, not knowing the safest or easiest routes to use or lack of basic equipment – wheels, helmet or locks. We will help on all fronts. We will engage to understand the barriers, and then secure funding, partners and provide support to break them down.

Mission

Youth en Route champions, inspires and supports active transportation to school and beyond. 

Vision

Youth are empowered to use active and independent ways to get where they are going. 

Incorporated on May 11, 2021 as 13008037 Canada Association.
Corporation number 1300803-7

It was registered in Alberta on May 19, 2021 with corporate Access no. 5324493048.

Join us in supporting active student transportation! We always welcome new groups to partner with. Let’s work together on shared infrastructure, ideas and equipment – to make all of our funds go further, and get more kids out of cars and using independent, active and green transportation.

How to get involved

There are various ways that you can get involved in our initiative.

Sign up your school

Reach out if you would like Youth En Route
at your school next year.

Support us

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Youth En Route.

Contact Us

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