On Wednesday, October 30, over 200 students from Lord Roberts Elementary and Roberts Annex schools participated in a walking tour of the new Comox-Helmcken Greenway. The King George Community School Team, the Vancouver School Board, and Hub for Active School Travel (HASTE BC) organized the tour with support from the City of Vancouver.
Representatives from several community groups, including West End Coal Harbour Community Policing Centre, Gordon Neighbourhood House, Nelson Park Community Garden, HUB: Your Cycling Connection and the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility organized information stations along the walking route, which stretched along Comox Street from Lord Roberts school to Nelson Park.
The interactive stations kept the students engaged and excited.
The tour also had volunteer representation from King George Secondary, the Lord Roberts PAC and the West End Residents Association.
The tour was primarily intended to raise awareness of the Greenway and the benefits it provides for pedestrians and people who cycle. It also provided an opportunity to raise students' awareness of pedestrian and bicycle safety, the benefits of physical activity and the connections that the Greenway provides to important community resources in Vancouver's West End.
Research shows that walkable communities are safer, healthier and happier places to live and grow up. VSB staff say that as the West End's young residents approach the age of independent travel and activity, knowing how to safely access resources and opportunities in their neighbourhood will enrich both their lives, and the community as a whole.