“Walking to school is a simple, hopeful, powerful act. It is an indicator of what we believe and what we value. Of the health of our children, the health of our environment and the health of our communities.”Jennifer Keesmat, former Chief Planner, City of Toronto
As part of our commitment to advancing active and sustainable transportation options for Ottawa residents, EnviroCentre is proud to deliver School Travel Planning services to local schools. These services are delivered as part of the School Active Transportation Program, on behalf of the Ottawa Student Transportation Authority (OSTA) and the City of Ottawa, and in partnership with Ottawa Public Health.
EnviroCentre uses a model developed by Green Communities Canada, called School Travel Planning. This model of service is used across the country and address’ the five E’s of transportation planning:
Holding Walk-to-School days, walking field trips, enhancing communications efforts, and friendly classroom competitions.
Working with the City to identify infrastructure improvements, crossing guards, signage changes, and other measures to enhance walking and wheeling to school.
Coordinating enforcement blitzes to encourage safe behavior in the school zone.
Conducting student and family surveys to track changes over time.
Ensuring that active transportation is inclusive of all students and families.