Larson Elementary

In the 2014/2015 school year, the Safe and Active School Travel Program was launched at Larson Elementary. This program is an 18 month program funded by the City and facilitated by HASTe, HUB for Active School Travel. The program began with a survey of parents and students to better understand the current modes of transportation and the top safety issues around the school and surrounding neighbourhood. A stakeholder group consisting of parents, school and City staff, and other community partners then completed a ‘walkabout’ to physically assess the area around the school and develop a list of issues and opportunities relating to infrastructure improvements, as well as education and engagement initiatives.

A youth committee called Smog Be Gone was formed and has been working on projects and initiatives to support the Safe and Active School Travel Program. These initiatives have included a video that informs parents that driving children to and from school, as well as idling outside the school while waiting for their children, has negative impacts on the health of their children and the environment.

To provide further support, an official Best Routes to School Map Pamphlet  was also created to help parents and students plan their walking and cycling routes, as well as identify locations a short distance away from school where students can be dropped off and they can walk the rest of the way.

Together, these safe and active travel programs and initiatives will decrease congestion near the school drop off zones, reduce pollutants from idling vehicles, and provide students with more physical activity each day.

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