Active & Safe Routes to School is a community-based initiative that promotes the use of active transportation (walking, biking, bussing and rolling) for the daily trip to and from school. The program addresses health, physical activity, and traffic safety issues while tackling air pollution and climate change.
Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) is a proven way to improve transportation safety and efficiency and increase the number of students who use active modes of travel. The project uses a coordinated and systematic approach over a fifteen month to address infrastructure, behavior, enforcement and educational needs on school grounds and in the surrounding neighbourhood.
From Sooke to Galiano, students in the Active and Safe Routes to School program have been participating in fun, hands-on bike skills courses. These courses help students gain the confidence and skill to ride to school. Interactive activities teach students how to do a quick bike maintenance check before learning how to cycle safely in traffic and on trails.
Looking forward to seeing more students riding safely to school - and throughout the summer!
- Motivate and encourage increased use of safe, active travel for children, youth and their families
- Identify solutions to address traffic and transportation challenges in and around schools
- Conduct targeted research to support the case for local investments in infrastructure and for policies which encourage sustainable transportation use.
Schools in the ASRTS program have completed the data collection phase and the school travel planners are working to analyze the baseline data to determine key areas and routes to examine in the neighbourhood walkabouts that will be held in January/February of 2017.
The neighbourhood walkabout will invite municipal planners and engineers, school district staff, local law enforcement and other stakeholders to participate in a conversation about opportunities for safety and infrastructure improvements and identify what other education efforts might be valuable to improve safety, compliance and courtesy.