School Travel Planning Leading the way for Active

School Travel Planning Leading the way for Active

School Travel Planning Leading the way for Active School Travel in Ontario, Canada: A Collaborative Provincial Strategy Introducti on An explanation of terms used School Travel Planning: The process to deliver ASRTS in a way that follows the 5 Es Education Encouragement Enforcement

Engineering Evaluation Active Sustainable School Travel (ASST): another name for ASRTS Encouragement and Educational Activities include: Walking School Bus / Bicycle Train Walk/Wheel on Wednesdays Walking Buddies The School Travel Planning Process Inclusive Planning and Engagement

Cost-Benefits of School Travel 1:8 cost-benefit ratio on STP work in Ontario to date Long-term estimated benefit of $142M to the province ~$1M for 19 projects over 11 years Average Annual Costs $ 124/ $ Student 4900/ Project Elmdale Public School, Ottawa Cost-Benefit

Annual Benefits: + 231,458 minutes - 20,407 km - 4.4 tonnes of greenhouse gases - 177 kg of air pollutants STP in Canada: A holistic examination of program impact on active school travel: G. Mammen, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto Funded by: Disseminated 2010-2012

Can STP lead to increases in AST after 1 year of implementation? Objective s What key factors influence implementation and mode change? 4 distinct studies: 2 quantitative + 1 qualitative + 1 mixed-methods Can STP lead to increases in AST? Summary of Findings after 1 school year of STP Study 1 Study 2

Study 3 Increase in AST Mode Shift among Parents N/A (Qualitative) 1-23% 14% in 1/2 of Participating Schools of parents changed from

to Study 4 To School From School 2 Toronto Schools To School 15% From School 11% 3.2% 3.9% School 1 School 2

Summary of Findings $ $ Diverse communities $ $ served Success Factors STP Facilitator role & model STPs comprehensive approach in strategy implementations and stakeholder involvement:

- school champions - community stakeholders (align with 5Es) - designated facilitator Biggest challenges 1 year implementation period Parent involvement Ontario Provincial Strategies Leading to Sustainability Feasibility Study in Toronto & Wellington Dufferin Guelph

Regional Communities of Practice Roadmap Strategy Provincial ASST Strategy Roadmap www.smartcommute.ca Metrolinx mandate: To champion and deliver mobility solutions for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA): The Big Move By 2031, 60% of children in the GTHA will walk or cycle to school 20% of am peak hour traffic is connected to school travel School travel mode affects work commute Stepping It Up project for Hamilton and Region of Peel 2010-12 Opportunity to build lifelong healthy habits Children today are the commuters of 2031 and beyond

12 Provincial ASST Strategy Roadmap Provides discussion platform on sustaining active school travel in the GTHA and beyond. Conversation between > 30 key stakeholder organizations: 8 provincial ministries, municipalities, public health, school boards, practitioners, and NGOs Describes how organizations and communities can work individually and collectively. Strategy identifies: key goals & benefits, 8 strategic areas of focus & related actions, existing stakeholder activity & priority actions. Process funded by Metrolinx & Ontarios Ministry of Transportation. 13 Provincial ASST Strategy Roadmap Process Clarifying Strategic Intentions

Synthesis Building the Roadmap Priority Setting Dialog 42 Key Informant Interviews Modeling Listening Numerous documents

reviewed 4 workshops, every 2 weeks Modeling between workshops 14 Strategy roadmap 15 Strategy Roadmap Implemented in GTHA Formed January 2015 Key Goals Includes representatives from 60+

organizations (transportation, planning Support and recreation departments, public Sharing of further health, school boards, police, schools, Best Practice collaboration NGOs, and other stakeholders) Welcomes participation from all GTHA stakeholders School boards Municipalities/ Regional

Governments Metrolinx Local NGO/ ENGOs Public Health Amplification of Work History with Active School Travel

Strong partnerships across the province with over 250 partners dedicated to improving childrens health since 2006 Support includes initiatives: Champlain School Facilitation Pilot Regional Communities of Practice Spark Advocacy Grants Local research Establish Partnerships

Build Awareness HealthyCanada By Design Community Engagement Policy Development Advocacy Partners: national health, planning and transportation organizations, region and local health authorities, NGOs, & university researchers;

Incorporate health considerations into land use and transportation planning Developed the Shaping Active, Healthy Communities Toolkit and Workshop guide Champlain School Facilitation Pilot Program 8 month school-based intervention to support healthy eating and physical activity, including school travel planning/active transportation RioCan/HSF/GCC Active Safe Routes to School (2013-2018) 4 new schools each year from across Canada 5-step plan to develop school travel plans Education and encouragement (events, assemblies, awards) Community mobilization Regional Communities of Practice Strategies and Policies

1. Heart and Stroke/Green Communities: research and document existing Ontario school travel policies 2. Hosting Regional Workshops: 4 5 Regional summits for - Report feedback - Understand/incorporating regional differences - Sharing promising and best practices th workshop to consolidate best strategies from regional workshops

Create a sustainability plan that builds on results from summits A Feasibility Study: Regional Delivery of STP TORONTO ? Who owns STP? Who should fund STP? 10 schools Neighbourhood

pairing Urban and suburban WELLINGTON DUFFERIN GUELPH 5 schools 5 municipalities Urban and rural Ontario ASRTS Partnership Model Delivered locally with support from: School Boards Public Health

Municipalities Police Supported provincially: Funding Support for Facilitation Resource Support for STP Tools & Models Central

Communications Strategy Evaluation/ Measurements Knowledge exchange through regional cooperation Multiple Partners and Contributors Our Thanks Funding Toronto

Wellington-DufferinGuelph Transportation Services & Planning Questions?

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