School Travel Planning (STP) in Squamish began in the Fall of 2015 when three schools were selected to begin the process: Mamquam Elementary, Garibaldi Highlands Elementary, and L’Ecole Squamish Elementary. In the Fall of 2016, Brackendale Elementary, Valleycliffe Elementary, and Sea to Sky Learning Connections at Stawamus joined the program. An STP Facilitator from HASTe convened the committees which worked together to identify and examine transportation challenges, and, based on each school’s information and active transportation profile, develop strategies for addressing and overcoming barriers for traveling to school safely.
Best Routes to School maps are now available:
Garibaldi Highlands Elementary
L’Ecole Squamish Elementary
Sea to Sky Learning Connections
School Travel Planning is a collaborative process with the goal of increasing the use of active transportation modes for students travelling to and from school. With its focus on community collaboration to tackle the root causes of transportation challenges, the School Travel Planning model has been used with success in other parts of Canada and throughout the world.
The process itself involves community-level input from various stakeholders via the Steering Committee (comprised of District-level staff including planners, engineers, bylaw enforcement, and community stakeholders such as RCMP, Vancouver Coastal Health, other community groups and the individual School Committees (students, principals, parents, teachers). An STP Facilitator leads the process by convening the committees and facilitating the various steps and actions which lead to the School Travel Plan. The entire process usually takes about one year to complete with a number of overlapping and flexible stages to allow for changes and opportunities as they emerge.