School Travel Planning
School Travel Planning (STP) is a community-based model for implementing ASRTS that systematically addresses barriers to and incentives for walking to school and strengthens local commitment to active school travel.
School Travel Planning is a proven, cost-effective way to get more kids walking and wheeling to school. And, when effectively coordinated and implemented, it results in positive travel behaviour changes with health, safety, environmental and economic benefits.
- address ongoing transportation and traffic safety problems; and
- measurably increase the number of students using active and sustainable modes for all or part of the journey to school.
Keys to Success
To succeed, STP requires:
- implementation for at least two or three years at each school
- a trained Facilitator who works directly with the school, liaises with community stakeholders, leads data collection and analysis and guides creation and implementation of the school’s action plan.
Read testimonials from parents and other stakeholders.
- Watch this video tutorial for an overview of the School Travel Planning process.
- Review our extensive School Travel Planning Toolkit to begin implementing STP in your community.
- STP Facilitator training is available from Green Communities Canada.
- If you have other questions about School Travel Planning, contact us
Other STP Resources
- School Travel Planning Feasibility Study. Assesses STP implementation in two contrasting regions of Ontario: the City of Toronto and the Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph region.
- The STP Benefit-Cost Information Sheet summarizes research on cost-effectiveness. Or read the full report: Benefit Cost Final Report 2016. School Travel Planning in Action in Ontario showcases 10 Ontario STP communities.
- Stepping It Up was a pilot that used the STP model in 30 Ontario elementary schools in Hamilton, Brampton, and Mississauga.
- Children’s Mobility, Health and Happiness: Final report on the 2009-2012 national pilot project that introduced STP to 120 schools across Canada.