School Travel Plan: Moving Beyond the Bus

Explanation: A School Travel Plan is a good tool for addressing the unique needs of everyone arriving and departing at a school.  While a Safe Routes to School policy lays out a general plan for active transportation in a district as a whole, a School Travel Plan provides a detailed plan for a specific school, describing the school and its students’ travel needs.  The School Travel Plan can begin with an initial assessment, identifying potential barriers, setting goals, and ultimately designing a plan of action that revolves around the “Five E’s” of Safe Routes to School.  This policy provision encourages each school to engage in individualized review of the current and future travel needs of students and staff, with the input and support of a diverse advisory school team. 

Option 1: District requires that each school adopt a School Travel Plan that addresses all modes of active transportation and related safety, access, and parking issues.  The plans shall also include goals, strategies, and objectives for increasing active transportation among students and staff, including those with disabilities.  At a minimum, the School Travel Plan shall contain a map identifying the school, streets surrounding the school, existing traffic controls, established pedestrian and bicycle routes, pedestrian crossings, school and municipal bus routes and bus stops, and any other infrastructure or plans that facilitate routes which separate active commuters from motor vehicles, with the goal of minimizing risk of injury and maximizing the safety and convenience of active transportation.

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Option 2: District requires that each school adopt a School Travel Plan that addresses all modes of active transportation and related safety, access, and parking issues. The plans shall also include goals, strategies, and objectives for increasing active transportation among students and staff, including those with disabilities.  At a minimum, the School Travel Plan shall contain a map identifying the school, streets surrounding the school, existing traffic controls, established pedestrian and bicycle routes, pedestrian crossings, school and municipal bus routes and bus stops, and any other infrastructure or plans that will help create separate routes for active commuters from motor vehicles, with the goal of minimizing risk of injury and maximizing safety and convenience for active transportation.

School Travel Plans shall be updated with input from various stakeholders, including when appropriate: school personnel, parents, students, concerned community members, and representatives from relevant government agencies such as public safety, transportation, public health, public works, engineering, and planning.

Rating: 
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Each policy is eligible for a given number of stars, depending upon how much the policy contributes to creating a safe and encouraging atmosphere for children to walk and bicycle to school. Some policies are only eligible for one star, others for two stars, and others for three stars. For some policies, selecting a stronger option may provide additional stars.


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