What is School Travel Planning?
School Travel Planning (STP) aims to get more families walking and wheeling to and/or from school by bringing together community stakeholders to identify barriers to active transportation for each school and develop a written action plan. School Travel Plans are based on transportation demand management (TDM) principles and they benefit the schools they are designed for and the communities that surround them. With STP, active school travel becomes a realistic choice for a greater number of families, while educating citizens and pooling community resources efficiently. The STP process highlights the importance of supporting active school travel through the creation of local school district and municipal plans and policies.
School Travel Planning increases daily physical activity, reduces traffic dangers on school routes and in school zones, and decreases local air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions. Through STP curriculum resources, students learn how their individual actions can contribute to, or detract from, the natural environment and even future generations. Students and families involved in STP through active school travel have also been shown to have a higher quality of life and improved well-being.
Green Action Centre’s Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program has been actively engaged with schools in Manitoba for over a decade, encouraging active transportation for children by eliminating as many barriers as possible. In order to do this, ASRTS works closely with the school and surrounding community to develop a personalized School Travel Plan, or action plan, to implement meaningful changes.