Participate in our Survey: Ontario Active School Travel Policy

The Human Environments Analysis Laboratory and Ontario Active School Travel Council are working together to better understand how we can develop more supportive policies for Active School Travel. Active school travel – any mode of human-powered transportation to/from school – provides health, social, environmental, and economic benefits at the individual and population level. Children’s unique external mobility restrictions (e.g., parental controls, inability to drive) mean that they are especially influenced by their local environment. Research shows that policy-mediated environmental factors such as street connectivity, residential density, and mixed-land use are highly relevant to children’s active school travel, meaning school travel is intricately tied to geography (e.g., urban, suburban, or rural environments), student transportation policy, municipal planning, and other factors which differ among and within districts. Unfortunately, there is a lack of literature mapping existing policies related to school travel planning across and within school, municipal, and regional districts, which this project is trying to address.

We are looking for help to develop recommendations to improve policies across Ontario and Canada that will provide more supportive and safe environments to increase the number of children that actively travel to and from school. To provide your input, please visit https://theheal.ca/astpolicy before June 4th, 2021 to complete our brief 10-minute survey. We look forward to hearing from you and finding ways to improve Active School Travel Policies across Ontario and Canada.

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