To celebrate International Walk to School Month we've been investigating how other countries are reversing the decline in walking to school.
Here Armi De Francia and Laura Zeglen from Green Communities Canada tell us what they're doing to get more children walking.
The thought of walking to school brings fond childhood memories: the feel of leaves crunching, ice cracking, or puddles splashing beneath our boots; the paths and places discovered with our friends that we would never have known existed had we been in a car.
But we know that significantly fewer children today get to have these experiences, as we see a decline in the number of children walking to school and significant increases in the number of children being driven to school.
Children who live too far away from their school to walk can take a yellow school bus to and from school, but often they are driven by car instead.
Many students who live close enough to walk are also being driven to school.
Overcoming these challenges involves a variety of solutions.
And of course, we promote International Walk to School Month each October, inviting local schools to participate in an exciting international movement.
Through our Active and Safe Routes to School program, our organisation helps schools address the barriers to active school travel by implementing School Travel Planning. In Toronto, we are currently working with a variety of schools across the city, each with their own unique challenges.
As kids, we enjoyed walking to school because it was fun.
Now, as adults, we understand all the additional reasons that active school travel is so important.
It allows children to get to know their neighbourhoods, get exercise, and improve their concentration levels at school.
It also means fewer cars on the road, contributing to reducing traffic congestion and air pollution on our streets.
These are the benefits we promote to our school communities, as we work to bring back the simple joys of walking to school.