Ridgeway 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 Health & Safe School Committee was created at Ridgeway, and their initiatives have included:

  • A poster campaign promoting the benefits of active school travel;
  • School challenges including a "Golden Wheelie" competition to achieve the highest active transportation participation; and
  • Reduced traffic issues surrounding schools and other family-oriented local destinations
  • A short film to raise awareness for parents about the importance of sharing the road and making their school zone safe for all modes of transportation.

The students have taken on this challenge with enthusiasm and have a strong message: change needs to happen and it starts with me.

To provide further support, an official Best Routes to School map and 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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