Queensbury Elementary

For the 2013/2014 school year, the Safe and Active School Travel Program was piloted at Queensbury Elementary. 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. School and City staff 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.

One of the education and engagement initiatives launched at Queensbury was a Walking Wednesday initiative, which included organized Walking School Buses. This initiative was supported by the school, parents, the City, TravelSmart and the Heart & Stroke Foundation. The first Walking Wednesday event saw over 144 students (50% of total students) plus their parents walking to school. This brought out nearly 50 more students who would have normally been dropped off by car. To support walking and cycling to school, a Best Routes to School Map was also developed by the City and TravelSmart to help parents and students plan their walking and cycling routes.

Queensbury parents continue to volunteer for this program throughout the school year. This has resulted in reduced congestion near the school drop off zones, reduced pollutants from idling vehicles, and 20-50 additional minutes of physical activity each day for students.

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