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School Travel Resources

The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada (2014)

The study analyzes School Travel Planning (STP) results for 19 projects in Ontario communities, ranging in population size, type (urban, suburban, rural) and geographic location (Ottawa, Brampton, Hamilton, Waterloo, Cayuga & Caledonia, and St. Thomas). It presents the first benefit-cost analysis of STP projects con¬ducted in Canada. The study is a collaboration of Metrolinx, Green Communities Canada, and the University of Toronto. Data was contributed by STP steering committees including representatives from municipalities, public health units, school boards, schools, and the community.

The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada – Executive Summary
The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada

Active and Sustainable School Transportation Strategy Roadmap Report (2013)

As part of a movement in response to school travel trends in Ontario, the “Active and Sustainable Transportation Strategy Roadmap” was co-created in an iterative conversation between more than 30 key stakeholder organizations including provincial ministries, Metrolinx, municipalities, school boards, and non-government organizations. It describes how organizations and communities can work individually and collectively to ultimately support healthier communities through more children and families walking and cycling to school. The process to develop the strategy was funded by Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation, and facilitated by strategic consultant Global Vision.

Strategy Roadmap Report – Executive Summary
Strategy Roadmap Report

Active and Sustainable School Transportation: Policy Scan and Barriers and Enablers Reports

These background reports provide context for on-going work on active and sustainable school transportation (ASST) in Ontario, such as School Travel Planning and Active and Safe Routes to School. The first report identifies and maps the existing policy context for ASST in Ontario, including provincial, regional/municipal, and school board levels. The second report summarizes the general barriers and enablers to ASST using Canadian and international evidence. The reports were prepared by Noxon Associates Limited using research material developed by Metrolinx.

Policy Scan – Abstract
Policy Scan – Full Report (2013)
Barriers and Enablers – Abstract
Barriers and Enablers – Full Report (2013)

School Travel Planning in Action in Ontario: Successes and Lessons in Active and Sustainable School Transportation (2013)

The study illustrates how School Travel Planning and the community partnerships it facilitates are helping more students to get active on the school trip. Case studies show how ten different Ontario communities coordinate multiple stakeholders, address pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and develop education and policies to support a shift in travel behaviour. This study was prepared for Metrolinx by Green Communities Canada.

School Travel Planning in Action in Ontario: Successes and Lessons in Active and Sustainable School Transportation (2013)

Stepping It Up - Final Report

The Stepping It Up pilot project used the Canadian School Travel Planning (STP) model and Smart Commute workplace program to promote active and sustainable modes of school travel for students, families and staff. Between 2009 and 2011, it was delivered at 30 elementary schools in the cities of Hamilton, Brampton, and Mississauga. The project received funding from Transport Canada’s ecoMOBILITY program, and was led by Metrolinx in partnership with the Region of Peel, City of Hamilton, Green Communities Canada and the University of Toronto. Read the final project report to learn about the project results, lessons learned and next steps.

Stepping It Up - Final Report (June 2012)

2011 GTHA-Wide School Travel Household Attitudinal Study

Following from the 2009 study (below), the 2011 school travel study of 1,000 GTHA parents gathered further information about the barriers and opportunities regarding active and sustainable transportation to and from schools. The study presents supportive measures that parents said would promote walking, cycling, and carpooling for elementary school travel.

2011 Executive Summary
2011 Full Report
2009 Executive Summary
2009 Full Report

Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices

Report cover As the nature of the “school run” shifts to more drop off/pick up of students by car, traffic safety issues, air pollution and missed opportunities for exercise are becoming increasingly common in countries around the world. The Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices provides updates on best practices being used to approach these issues in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and Canada. 

Full Report

The Future of Sustainable School Transportation: Expanding School Travel Planning in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area

Beyond working with schools, Stepping It Up is making connections to address the underlying gaps in facilitating active and sustainable school travel. In January 2011, Metrolinx hosted the first gathering of school travel stakeholders for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to foster dialogue about the future of this initiative.

Full Report