Planning & Facilitation

The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada (2014)

The study analyzes School Travel Planning (STP) results for 19 projects in Ontario communities, ranging in population size, type (urban, suburban, rural) and geographic location (Ottawa, Brampton, Hamilton, Waterloo, Cayuga & Caledonia, and St. Thomas). It presents the first benefit-cost analysis of STP projects conducted in Canada. The study is a collaboration of Metrolinx, Green Communities Canada, and the University of Toronto. Data was contributed by STP steering committees including representatives from municipalities, public health units, school boards, schools, and the community.

Active and Sustainable School Transportation Strategy Roadmap Report (2013)

In response to school travel trends in Ontario, the “Active and Sustainable Transportation Strategy Roadmap” was co-created in an iterative conversation between more than 30 key stakeholder organizations including provincial ministries, Metrolinx, municipalities, school boards, and non-government organizations. It describes how organizations and communities can work individually and collectively to ultimately support healthier communities through more children and families walking and cycling to school. The process to develop the strategy was funded by Metrolinx and the Ministry of Transportation, and facilitated by strategic consultant Global Vision.

Active and Sustainable School Transportation: Policy Scan and Barriers and Enablers Reports

These background reports provide context for on-going work on active and sustainable school transportation (ASST) in Ontario, such as School Travel Planning and Active and Safe Routes to School. The first report identifies and maps the existing policy context for ASST in Ontario, including provincial, regional/municipal, and school board levels. The second report summarizes the general barriers and enablers to ASST using Canadian and international evidence. The reports were prepared by Noxon Associates Limited using research material developed by Metrolinx.