Active and Safe Routes to School

School Travel Planning in Squamish

School Travel Planning (STP) in Squamish began in the Fall of 2015 when three schools were selected to begin the process: Mamquam Elementary, Garibaldi Highlands Elementary, and L’Ecole Squamish Elementary. An STP Facilitator from Hub for Active School Travel (HASTe) convened the committees which worked together to identify and examine transportation challenges, and, based on each school’s information and active transportation profile, develop strategies for addressing and overcoming barriers for traveling to school safely.

Best Routes to School maps for the first three schools now available:

Three additional schools have now been selected for the 2016-17 school year: Brackendale Elementary, Valleycliffe Elementary, and Sea to Sky Learning Connections at Stawamus.

School Travel Planning is a collaborative process with the goal of increasing the use of active transportation modes for students travelling to and from school. With its focus on community collaboration to tackle the root causes of transportation challenges, the School Travel Planning model has been used with success in other parts of Canada and throughout the world.

The process itself involves community-level input from various stakeholders via the Steering Committee (comprised of District-level staff including planners, engineers, bylaw enforcement, and community stakeholders such as RCMP, Vancouver Coastal Health, other community groups and the individual School Committees (students, principals, parents, teachers). An STP Facilitator leads the process by convening the committees and facilitating the various steps and actions which lead to the School Travel Plan. The entire process usually takes about one year to complete with a number of overlapping and flexible stages to allow for changes and opportunities as they emerge.

For more information about School Travel Planning visit:

www.hastebc.org

saferoutestoschool.ca

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  • Bev Rickert Sep 24, 2016

    I think we could use a crosswalk between Juniper and spruce on westway. We have a school on either side as well as a bus stop. The kids have to cross this busy street to go to either school as well as going to and from the pick up spot for Don Ross. Some days it is scary and bus Crossing here.

  • Kirsten Andrews Sep 06, 2016

    Wonderful initiative! We look forward to seeing what you plan for the independent schools in Squamish as well!
    Kirsten Andrews
    Cedar Valley Waldorf School
    604-764-7040

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