School Travel Planning

The School Travel Planning Toolkit is available online, you can access it here

School Travel Planning is a comprehensive process designed to increase local ownership of Active & Safe Routes to School by engaging stakeholders that include school boards, municipal transportation planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, students and school staff. School Travel Planning undertakes research to assess the barriers to active school travel and uses this knowledge to develop and implement action plans. The involvement of local stakeholders is an important step to ensuring the sustainability of active school travel activities. Benefits include increased physical activity, reduced traffic congestion, improved air quality, enhanced neighbourhood safety and a greater sense of community.

School Travel Planning partners across Canada also advocate for changes to relevant processes and policies related to school district, municipal, provincial and federal levels.

Review results and related research for the Canadian School Travel Planning model here.

“School Travel Planning has had a positive influence on the number of students who walk to school. It has made the school community more aware of the value of walking and how walking can reduce traffic congestion near the school. Through the STP we have been able to map out safe walking routes to school. As well, we have been able to work directly with the Town to make walking routes safer.” Scott Anderson, Vice-Principal, Lakeview Public School, Grimsby, Ontario