Active & Sustainable School Transportation Certification: School Travel Plan Process
The Active and Sustainable School Transportation (ASST) certification process uses the Canadian School Travel Planning model to help schools earn recognition for ASST efforts. School Travel Planning is a community-based approach that aims to increase the number of students and adults choosing active and sustainable transportation to get to and from school. This approach addresses concerns about safety, physical activity, and the environment. Key community stakeholders (school boards, municipalities, police, public health professionals, parents/guardians, administrators, educators and children) work together to identify and to solve their school transportation needs.
Please fill out the form below if you are interested beginning the School Travel Planning process.
Through a five-step process (see image below), each school writes a School Travel Plan with input and assistance from community stakeholders. Each School Travel Plan includes an action plan describing steps they plan to implement such as:
- School infrastructure improvements—e.g. Bike racks and shelters
- Education—e.g. Safety training for walking and cycling, awareness raising
- Community mobilization—e.g. Walking school buses, walking buddies, ride sharing
- Encouragement—e.g. Celebrations of physical activity and environment, event days, recognition and rewards for walking/biking
- Engineering improvements at or near school sites—e.g. pedestrian crossings, adult crossing guards, repairs/upgrades to sidewalks, signage
5 Step School Travel Plan Process
Applying for ASST Certification
Schools are encouraged to apply for ASST Certification. There are two levels of certification: Level 1 ‒ steps one through three completed, and Level 2 ‒ steps four and five completed. Level 2 recipients are designated as bronze, silver, or gold in relation to the number and intensity of actions completed.
School Bike Rack Grant
Schools that sign up for a School Travel Plan have the opportunity to apply for the School Bike Rack Grant. This is a one-time grant up to $600 for the bike rack.
The Hamilton Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) Steering Committee is made up of representatives from key community stakeholder groups. This Steering Committee will provide expertise and resources to schools during all phases of the School Travel Planning process.
For more information contact Kelly.Scott@Hamilton.ca