A new resource created to help school communities and residents improve traffic safety in their neighbourhoods is now available. The Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools: Understanding Your Policy Options in the City of Toronto complements the recently released Road Safety Plan by the City of Toronto, and is designed to further enhance the accessibility of the relevant policies for residents.
“As a parent, I would love to see my kids walk and bike to school, yet the imminent danger of speeding cars and other safety concerns (no bike lanes, lack of signals or crosswalks) makes me hesitate”, explains Nazerah Shaikh, a School Council Chair in North York. “In fact, many parents in our community would like to help make our neighbourhood safer, but it’s not often clear what steps can be taken.”
The resource is available as a PDF for download from saferstreetsnearschools.ca, where readers will also find a web version that includes downloadable templates and samples from the accompanying toolkit.
The project was led by Green Communities Canada in partnership with the Toronto Centre for Active Transportation, University of Toronto School of the Environment, Toronto Public Health, Toronto District School Board, and CultureLink Settlement & Community Services. It was funded by the Healthier Cities and Communities Hub Seed Grant initiative, a consortium of three funding partners: Toronto Public Health, The Wellesley Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. It was also supported by Mitacs through the Mitacs-Accelerate Program.