Active & Safe Routes To School
Active & Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) is a community partnership made up of several organizations throughout the Counties of Elgin, Middlesex, Oxford, and the cities of London and St. Thomas working together to promote and sustain ASRTS programs that encourage children and families to choose active transportation.
Active School Travel is using any form of human powered travel such as walking, biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, etc. to get to and/or from school.
Active School Travel can help to...
- Improve physical and mental health
- Improve traffic and safety around your school
- Improve air quality and help the environment
- Have students arrive at school alert and ready to learn
- Feel more connected to your community
Learn more about the benefits of active travel.
School Travel Plan
The primary program of ASRTS is School Travel Planning, which encourages active school travel by developing an action plan to build upon strengths and work to remove concerns around schools. Each school’s action plan will determine what programs and initiatives will be undertaken.
Examples of other programs include that can be incorporated into a School Travel Plan:
- Walking campaigns (e.g. iWalk month in October, Walk & Wheel Wednesdays)
- Walking School Bus or Bicycle Train
- Idle-Free School Zones
- School Safety Patrol
Characteristics of School Travel Plans:
- Sustainable 5-step process
- School ownership
- Supportive partnerships
- Comprehensive process
- School-specific concerns identified
- Ongoing action plans
View a list of schools (past and present) with School Travel Plans.
School Wayfinding Signs Project
This project aims to encourage more children to walk or cycle to school by putting up “wayfinding signs” in a school neighbourhood to show how far away the school is by walking or wheeling.
London’s first wayfinding school signage project is taking place at St. Marguerite d’Youville’s Catholic Elementary School located in Northwest London. The project is being by their School Travel Planning Committee the ASRTS Partnership.
Signs will be placed along five walking routes at three different distances away from the school: approximate at 15, 7, and 3-minute walks to school. Corresponding biking times will also be included.
The School Wayfinding Signs project is being adapted from a pilot project conducted by members of the Waterloo Region ASRTS Committee. The pilot resulted in an increase of over one-third (36 %) of students walking or biking more in the year following the sign installation. See the full report here.
For information on Active & Safe Routes to School please visit their website.