Safe Routes to School :: Practice and Promise
Safe Routes To School Efforts
Appendix A








International SR2S Efforts


Go For Green
Nathalie Racine, Active and Safe Routes to School Coordinator
5480 Canoteck Road, Unit #16
Gloucester, Ontario
Tel: 418.877.6350
Fax: 418.877.1363

  • National environmental activist group took on SR2S, building on Greenest City's Toronto experience in 1998. Most funding from Health Canada
  • Primary focus is physical activity; provides materials to groups throughout the country

Ottawalk – The Association of Pedestrians and Walkers of Ottawa and Area
Chris Bradshaw
George Duimovich
Box 52036, 41 York Street
Ottawa, Ontario
Tel: 613.230.4566
Fax: 613.230.8820

  • Advocacy group

Active and Safe Routes to School
Jacky Kennedy
244 Gerrard Street, Main Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5A 2G2
Tel: 416.488.7263
Fax: 416.922.7636

  • Greenest City—Advocacy group. Began project in 1996
  • Primary goal is reducing greenhouse gas emissions; Ontario air quality is very poor. Has partnership with environmental organizations such as World Wildlife Fund
  • Has organized schools to promote walking and bicycling; has curriculum for teachers, Blazing Trails publication for mapping, No Idling Campaign for drivers
  • Greenest City has been refining their data collection methods and has done several evaluations. They rely heavily on community partners to collect data
  • Recent evaluation work indicated the “No Idling at School” project avoided the release of over 200 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) in one year
  • 30 percent of schools who participate in IWALK continue with ASRTS activities throughout the year.
  • Participation in regular Walking Wednesday s averages to 55 percent per school.

Way to Go
Bernadette Kowey
Vancouver, BC CANADA V65 1L4
Tel: 604.732.1511
Fax: 604.733.0711
Toll-free: 877.325.3636

  • Began in 1997; has major focus on safety; funded by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (public insurance agency)
  • Published toolkit called Way to Go


Safe Routes to School

Troels Andersen, Project Manager
Traffic-og Vejkontoret Odense
Slot Indgang
N Norregarade 36
DK – 5000 Odense
tone 2751

  • Birthplace of Safe Routes to School movement
  • Approximately thirty years ago, Denmark had the highest rate of child mortality due to road accidents in Western Europe. This promoted investment into the Safe Routes to School program
  • In Odense, SR2S program started in early 1980's
  • Overall, the total number of accidents has been reduced 82 percent as speeds on twelve roads have been decreased.
  • Results as presented to VeloCity conference in 2001 are that child pedestrian accidents have dropped 24 percent from 1994 to 1999
  • Odense is now working on gathering data on numbers of children walking/cycling; rates of children walking/cycling in Odense varies from 24 percent to 73 percent at different schools


Safe Routes to School
Diana Nicoll
35 King Street
Bristol BS1 4DZ
Tel: 0117.929.0888

  • Established demonstration program in 1995; began working with 10 schools
  • Results include:
    • increase in cycling in all 10 pilot schools (9% of children in all York schools now cycle to school)
    • reductions in car use (12 percent and 17 percent in Hampshire Colchester schools)
    • reductions in child road casualties (32 percent in York)
  • Efforts include practical measures (e.g. engineering, routes, enforcement) and educational measures (e.g. lesson plans and policy)

Home Zone effort
Sally Keeble, Minister of Home Zones
National Children's Bureau
Children's Play Council
8 Wakely Street
London EC1V 7QE
Tel: 020.7843.6016

  • Homezone and “village traffic calming” efforts in England have been under way since the early 1990's. Periodic newsletter tracks and reports on activities
  • A homezone is a street or area designed primarily to meet the interests of pedestrians and cyclists rather than motorists, opening up the street for social use
  • Nine pilot projects are underway and are being monitored by the government; reports so far focus on building community feeling and perceptions of safety
  • Traffic injury rates were studied in 56 village traffic calming schemes. Auto speeds were reduced and injury rates went down 25 percent (15 percent reduction in slight injuries and 52 percent reduction in severe/killed injuries) as reported in Traffic Advisory Leaflet 11/00
  • Project ended in March 2002

Jersey Pedestrian Association
Gerraint Jennings, Chairperson
102 Rouge Bouoillon
St. Helyi Jerri JE2 3ZU
Tel: 44.15343.280778

  • Advocacy group—NGO
  • The Association was founded to raise awareness of the difficulties, problems and dangers of walking in Jersey and to campaign for better facilities and better policies for pedestrians
  • In June 1998, the Jersey Pedestrians Association put forward a plan for pedestrian priority for the center of St. Helier entitled “St. Helier Footstreets”
  • The plan is designed to fulfill the stated aim of Public Services' transport policy document of “recognized, safe routes” and “pedestrian priority areas” and provide input into the revision process of the policy document

New Zealand

Rebecca Williams, Safe Routes to School, National Project Manager
162 Blockhouse Bay Road
P.O. Box 19 544
Avondale, Auckland, 7
Tel: 64. 9.8201193
Fax: 64. 9.8201191

  • Sponsored by Starship Children's Hospital with additional funding from the Land Transport Safety Authority; began efforts in 1994 after publication of a study by Ian Roberts – showed high pedestrian injury and death rates for children in Auckland region
  • Explored models around the world and selected Australia approach
  • Projects (programmes) use the 3 E approach (environmental, education, enforcement) 1995 had three pilot projects and now have projects in about 36
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