Research

We have provided links to related research documents and web sites here:

School Travel Planning in Canada: A Holistic Examination of Program Impact on Active School Travel 

With limited evidence on program effectiveness, the purpose of this dissertation was:

  1. to determine if STP can increases AST levels in Canadian elementary schools and
  2. to identify school contextual and program factors influencing STP implementation and AST change

George Mammen
Doctor of Philosophy
Graduate Department of Exercise Sciences, University of Toronto, 2016

There has been very little research conducted in Canada related to both
reducing pedestrian collisions AND increasing active school transportation.
A team of researchers and medical doctors at the Hospital for Sick Children
in Toronto, York University and the University of Toronto, Mississauga, are
conducting a program of research to better understand the benefits and risks
of walking and wheeling to school. Review their research to date.

Click on the infographic below to read the Active School Travel Stakeholder Survey Results:

Learn about the Stepping It Up project led by Metrolinx. The active school travel project implemented School Travel Planning at 15 schools in Hamilton and 15 schools in the Region of Peel.

See 2014 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Childrean and Youth. Previous year: 2013 Active Healthy Kids Canada Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth.

Canadian schools are closing at an alarming rate in favour of larger, multi-purpose schools on the edges of communities, resulting in routes that are beyond a reasonable walking distance. For information on school siting:

Saving Money and Time with Active School Travel (Ontario) – full document and Exec Summary

Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices

Child and Youth Friendly Land use and Transportation Planning Guidelines for all provinces.

See also Child, Youth and Environments that links specific Guidelines to active school travel actions.

Sustainable Happiness and the Trip to School (as published in World Transport Policy & Practice)

University of Toronto’s Project BEAT: http://physical.utoronto.ca/Beat.aspx

ASRTS Tools of Change Landmark Case Study:  http://toolsofchange.com/en/case-studies/detail/635

 

 

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