Webinar: Schools Streets: Testing Car-free Zones Around Schools

Wednesday, December 14 at 3:00 p.m. EDT

'School Streets' are an innovative solution to reduce the vehicle congestion and traffic safety risks commonly seen around schools, and to encourage children, families and teachers to use active transportation. By limiting the traffic on the street in front of schools and prioritizing that space for people walking, cycling and rolling to school, School Streets reduce traffic congestion, improve air quality, encourage a healthier lifestyle and create a safer and more accessible environment for students, caregivers, teachers and the broader school community. They also facilitate independent mobility and provide opportunities for community connections and social bonding. Several Canadian cities are testing School Streets during 2022, including Hamilton, Mississauga, Markham, Kingston, Montreal and Vancouver. Each School Street pilot is unique to the context of the community and the capacity of the local project partners.  The results from these pilots are being used to develop recommendations for the planning, permitting and implementation of School Streets programs in municipal settings.

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APBP Project Spotlight:
HEADS UP Pedestrian Safety Activity Book

The City of Phoenix created a pedestrian safety coloring book aimed at children ages 8-12. The book includes fun activities and engaging exercises that teach positive pedestrian behaviors. Participating students in safety classes received a book and were tested on their knowledge of pedestrian safety before and after the 6-week period. The curriculum also includes a voluntary activity called “Create a Walkable City”. The Street Transportation Dept. is developing a Spanish version of the book.

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