About Safer School Travel (SST)
The Safer School Travel Plan is a program developed to assist Parent Advisory Committees (PAC’s) in developing School Road Safety Plans.
Every school should have a Road Safety Plan. A realistic and balanced approach is required between providing for the safety of children and the mobility of vehicles. The road safety plans should address:
- identifying all issues in the walk/cycle limits of a school
- strategies for all modes of transportation
- vehicle reduction initiatives
- engineering, education and enforcement measures
- parent and community initiatives
It is envisioned that a PAC subcommittee will be responsible for developing the School Road Safety Plan (SRSP). This would be undertaken in cooperation with all relevant stakeholders.
Overview of the Safer School Travel Plan
Step 1 (Set-Up): comittee is established; timelines are developed.
Step 2 (Data Collection & Problem Identification): family surveys; mapping; site visit; traffic counts; issues summarized; Stakeholder meeting.
Step 3 (Action Plan): Safer School Travel Road Safety Plan created; Best Walking Routes Map developed.
Step 4 (Implementation): Stakeholders take on assigned tasks developed from Road Safety Plan.
Step 5 (Ongoing Monitoring): Follow-up data (family surveys) to evaluate progress and any new issues; Safer School Travel Road Safety Plan and Best Walking Route map adjustments.