Regional Planning for School Travel – GTHA Report 2017
In 2013, Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation funded the development of the ASST Strategy Roadmap.2 The ASST Strategy Roadmap process brought together over 30 stakeholders from across Ontario to collectively determine what was needed to support the goal of “more children walking, biking or rolling to school.” A key next step from that work was to support and facilitate the strategic planning of ASST initiatives within each of the six regions in the GTHA. This project was undertaken to fulfil that next step. Green Communities Canada was retained to lead the work, with assistance from Ryerson University, Public Space Workshop and WSP | MMM Group.
Bike to School Week 2016
A summary report on the successes of the 2016 campaign. In planning for Bike Month 2016, Cycle Toronto and Metrolinx agreed to create a school campaign called “Bike to School Week”. Culture Link, the Cycle Toronto partner leading the Bike to School Project and other education programs, was brought in to coordinate. Stakeholders from the Metrolinx ASST Regional Hub contributed to planning and led local implementation.
GTHA School Travel Trends Reports
A collaboration between the University of Toronto and Metrolinx, these reports examine travel trends in active school travel (AST) across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA). The GTHA is comprised of the cities of Toronto and Hamilton and the regions of Durham, Halton, Peel, and York. For more detailed trends, refer to the regional reports for each of these jurisdictions. The reports provide an update to previous work and include the region of Hamilton, which was absent from the previous study, and data from 2011.
Although it seemed like AST across the GTHA had reached its lowest possible level by 2006, walking and cycling mode share has continued to decline into 2011. These reports also look at differences in AST by age, gender, time of day, and by city or regional municipality (i.e. Toronto, Durham, Halton, Hamilton, Peel, and York).
Children’s Independent Mobility Reports Phases I & II
A two-phase study on the subject of children’s school travel and independent mobility in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area. The first phase examines the relationship between social factors, elements of neighbourhood design and the available supply of transport options and school transportation across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, and within the City of Toronto. Also studied are the social and environmental correlates of children’s independent mobility (travelling about the neighbourhood or city without adult supervision) within the region. The child travelling independently is the child learning a range of spatial skills while accumulating a wealth of knowledge regarding the use of active transportation in everyday life.
The second phase of the work takes a closer look into how social and built environments produce differences in school travel and children’s independent mobility across the City of Toronto.
The principal investigators of this study are Dr. Ron Buliung, Kristian Larsen, and Dr. Guy Faulkner, University of Toronto, with research funding support from Metrolinx.
School Travel Planning in Action in Ontario: Successes and Lessons in Active and Sustainable School Transportation (2013)
The study illustrates how School Travel Planning and the community partnerships it facilitates are helping more students to get active on the school trip. Case studies show how ten different Ontario communities coordinate multiple stakeholders, address pedestrian and cycling infrastructure and develop education and policies to support a shift in travel behaviour. This study was prepared for Metrolinx by Green Communities Canada.
- School Travel Planning in Action in Ontario: Successes and Lessons in Active and Sustainable School Transportation (2013)
Forum: School Siting and School Site Design for a Healthy Community
A full day forum was held on May 17, 2012 to determine how school siting (school location) and school site design (physical features of school grounds) can better support the use of sustainable school travel modes. Representatives from across the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, including government, not-for-profit and private sectors attended in an attempt to take the first steps in solving this issue. This report summarizes the discussions, presentations and findings that were showcased during the forum.
- Forum School Siting and School Site Design for a Healthy Community – Executive Summary
- Forum School Siting and School Site Design for a Healthy Community – Full Report
Transportation Tomorrow: 2011 Survey Area Summary
1986, 1996, 2006 and 2011 Travel Surveys for the GTHA compiled by the Transportation Tomorrow Survey Technical Committee. The first attempt at a comprehensive travel survey was the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Transportation Study (MTARTS), which in 1964 conducted the first comprehensive urban travel survey using home interviews at a sample of approximately 3% of the households in the Toronto area. At that time, the survey area included most of the urban area. Subsequently, the urban area expanded and was sub-divided into a collection of regional jurisdictions. Each jurisdiction then undertook various travel surveys.
2011 GTHA – Wide School Travel Household Attitudinal Study
Following from the 2009 study (below), the 2011 school travel study of 1,000 GTHA parents gathered further information about the barriers and opportunities regarding active and sustainable transportation to and from schools. The study presents supportive measures that parents said would promote walking, cycling, and carpooling for elementary school travel.
Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices
As the nature of the “school run” shifts to more drop off/pick up of students by car, traffic safety issues, air pollution and missed opportunities for exercise are becoming increasingly common in countries around the world. The Review of International School Travel Planning Best Practices provides updates on best practices being used to approach these issues in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, the United States, Australia, and Canada.
Stepping It Up – Final Report
The Stepping It Up pilot project used the Canadian School Travel Planning (STP) model and Smart Commute workplace program to promote active and sustainable modes of school travel for students, families and staff. Between 2009 and 2011, it was delivered at 30 elementary schools in the cities of Hamilton, Brampton, and Mississauga. The project received funding from Transport Canada’s eco MOBILITY program, and was led by Metrolinx in partnership with the Region of Peel, City of Hamilton, Green Communities Canada and the University of Toronto. Read the final project report to learn about the project results, lessons learned and next steps.
The Future of Sustainable School Transportation: Expanding School Travel Planning in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area
Beyond working with schools, Stepping It Up is making connections to address the underlying gaps in facilitating active and sustainable school travel. In January 2011, Metrolinx hosted the first gathering of school travel stakeholders for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area to foster dialogue about the future of this initiative.
Bike to School Week 2015
A summary report on the successes of the 2015 campaign. In planning for Bike Month 2015, Cycle Toronto and Metrolinx agreed to create a school campaign called “Bike to School Week”. Culture Link, the Cycle Toronto partner leading the Bike to School Project and other education programs, was brought in to coordinate. Stakeholders from the Metrolinx ASST Regional Hub contributed to planning and led local implementation.