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School Travel Planning

School Travel plan

Ecole Beairsto School Travel Planning
Committee during a Walkabout 2011
Silver Star Elementary School upgrades in 2012
on 34 Street from the 2010 School Travel Plan

The Traffic Observations titles:

  • The photos with the snow please title: November 2010 Morning Traffic Observations
  • The spring type photos please title:

School Travel Planning brings community together to develop the best active routes to and from school. Benefits are:

  • Increased physical activity for good health
  • Students have ¬†improved focus, arrive more alert and ready to learn with active commute to school
  • Physical activity has been linked to improved academic performance
  • An active travel to school can have a positive effect on children’s mental health by improving their happiness
  • Improved children’s safety and safer neighbourhoods
  • More pedestrians mean more ‘eyes on the street’, and children and family walking groups get to know their neighbourhoods
  • Reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality, cleaner air helps the children who suffer from asthma and other air quality-related ailments

City of Vernon has completed five School Travel Plans for Ecole Beairsto, Ellison, Harwood, Silver Star and OKL Elementary schools and currently working on Mission Hill Elementary School.

Part of the process of developing a STP is determining what barriers there are to prevent children from walking and biking to school. With the parent surveys, walkabout, traffic observations and discussion groups, the STP Committee identifies the hot spots of the school neighbourhood. City engineering staff then determines what infrastructure suits the neighbourhoods and plans for upgrades in the school neighbourhood that will help to increase safer intersections, walking and cycling routes. These plans are then given to City Council for budget review and implementation.


Harwood Elementary
Harwood Elementary Traffic Observation 2009  

What is a Walkabout?
A walkabout is a data collection tool where stakeholders (the Municipal School Travel Plan Committee) take the time to walk through the neighbourhood surrounding the school, viewing the journey through a child’s eyes using a checklist provided by the national program outline. This helps stakeholders develop a better understanding of the issues being faced by students and their families. The school photo albums of each school (above) show some of the photos taken during the walkabouts. After the walkabout stakeholders discuss hot spots and how can these be improved.

Okanagan Landing Elementary


Okanagan Landing School Walkabout 2009  

What is a Traffic Observation?
This process involves the stakeholder committee and the STP school committee stationing people at each entrance to the school to track items such as: number of pedestrians/cyclistis/vehicles arriving via that entrance, unsafe behaviour such as illegal parking or
U-turns, unsafe crossing or roads by pedestrians etc.

Ellison Elementary


Former Councillor Jack Gilroy at Ellison Elementary  
Morning Traffic Observation 2009


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