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.
We are committed to:
Valuing the opinions of others, especially youth
Using equity as a lens to drive our work to communities traditionally not well-served
Modelling anti-racism practices. We recognize that racism is systemic, and we are committed to eliminating racism in all forms
Acting responsibly toward the communities in which we work and for the benefit of the communities that we serve
We take pride in building positive and beneficial relationships between schools/communities and the key civic/provincial resources. We value opportunities to work with partners to make a collective impact or make resources go further.
What we are doing
We are working to develop sustainable active transportation culture and infrastructure so in the future, youth prefer using active transportation to get where they want to go. Reducing dependence on cars, and using active modes, is good for our planet, student health, mental health and air quality. It fosters independence, inclusion and equity and connects students to their communities. It’s fun, too.
- More students riding or using active transportation to get to school
- Identify and advocate for safe, calm (preferable 5A) routes to school for most students
- Build school culture and community around active transportation to sustain
- Engage community members in active transportation and help them support infrastructure improvements
About our Organization
Incorporated on May 11, 2021 as 13008037 Canada Association. It was registered in Alberta on May 19, 2021 with corporate Access no. 5324493048. We became a registered Charity on July 21, 2022 with CRA business number 758178461RR0001. You can easily make a donation to support our work on our Canada Helps Page.