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.

“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

Children’s Mobility, Health and Happiness: A Canadian School Travel Planning Model– results from Canadian schools participating in the 27 month national project.  Executive Summary

Active Travel Charter for Canadian Children and Youth

Creating healthy, sustainable communities where active travel for children and youth is the norm

I/We, the undersigned recognize that active travel for children and youth is integral to a healthy, happy, socially inclusive and sustainable community, and we acknowledge the universal rights of children and youth to have safe environments for active travel to destinations like school. We are committed to reducing the physical, social, and institutional barriers that limit children and youth’s active travel. We will work with others to create a culture where children and youth and their families choose to use active travel by supporting this Charter and the following strategic principles:

  1. A successful community for children and youth is a successful community for all
  2. Children and youth have the right to safe environments for active travel
  3. Active travel contributes to sustainable happiness and well-being for all
  4. Community plans should make provisions for children and youth as active travelers
  5. The school journey is the most common trip for children and youth, and merits specific attention for active travel plans
  6. Children and youth can help identify barriers and opportunities related to active travel
  7. Motorized transportation has adverse effects on children and youth, and communities should strive to reduce it
  8. When children and youth learn to be active travelers, they set habits for life

Download the Charter as a PDF here.

Click here to sign the charter