Active and Safe Routes to School Toolkit

Welcome to HASTe's Active and Safe Routes to School Toolkit landing page. The Toolkit is an online resource made up of nine interventions, each of which is designed to help schools encourage more active (walking, biking, etc.) trips to school. An overview of the Toolkit, what it contains and what it aims to accomplish are included below. To determine which Active and Safe Routes to School intervention is best suited to your school, you can read through the first (WHAT) section of each one, try our decision tree, or contact us at info@hastebc.org

The Active and Safe Routes to School Toolkit was developed with the support and collaboration of TransLink’s TravelSmart program.

Not every school has access to an Active and Safe Routes to School program, or has safety concerns that are preventing students from walking and cycling. For these schools, the Toolkit provides a comprehensive set of accessible interventions that school community members can run themselves, with little or no external assistance or support, to encourage active trips to school.

While the Toolkit is primarily aimed at parents, with a few tweaks, the interventions it contains can be implemented by any member of or group in a school community. And Active and Safe Routes to School initiatives are strongest and most effective when they involve all parts of the community; many of the interventions in the Toolkit include ideas on how to get different members of the school community involved.

The Toolkit is made up of nine interventions, each of which is broken down into sections just like this page.

  • The WHAT section provides a description of the intervention.
  • The WHY section explains what the intervention is meant to accomplish and why it is important.
  • The WHO section details who should or can be involved in the intervention.
  • The HOW section provides a concise yet thorough set of instructions on how to plan and implement each intervention.
  • The WHEN section explores the best time to run or start the intervention.
  • The Additional Considerations section covers any pertinent issues that weren't covered in the other sections, such as how to involve students, work towards sustainability, overcome common barriers, etc.

Walking and cycling initiatives are easier to run when the days are long and the weather is warm, but it's never the wrong time of the year to plan or build towards encouraging active school travel.

The Active and Safe Routes to School Toolkit is an online resource, made up of nine interventions, each of which is designed to help schools encourage more active (walking, biking, etc.) trips to school. You can find links to the interventions towards the bottom of this page, or through the Toolkit item in the menu at the top of your screen.

Which intervention is right for my school?

That's a good question, and it doesn't necessarily have a right answer. We've built a decision tree to help you determine which intervention is a good fit your school community, but you may want to review each of the interventions yourself to determine which one is the best fit.

I don't understand some of the terms used in this Toolkit.

Active and Safe Routes to School has its own terms, and borrows a few from related fields like planning and engineering. Our Active and Safe Routes to School Glossary explains many of these terms: hastebc.org/toolkit/active-and-safe-routes-to-school-glossary

How can I manage the vehicle traffic around my school?

In our experience, the only effective ways to reduce traffic and improve traffic safety outcomes around schools are through traffic calming and reducing the number of vehicle trips to school. Reach out to your municipality for help with the former; this Toolkit is designed to help you accomplish the latter by encouraging more walking and cycling trips to school.

Interventions:

Templates and Resources

Toolkit Decision Tree