School Travel Planning
Schools, families and communities are recognizing the importance of physical activity and the positive impact it has on learning and well-being. Studies show children who walk or cycle to school are healthier overall and arrive in the morning alert and ready to learn. Since 2009, the City of New Westminster has endorsed school travel planning and has been committed to building a safe, accessible, and healthy community.
The City of New Westminster has also partnered with British Columbia’s leading active and safe routes to school consultants Hub for Active School Travel (HASTe) and HUB: Your Cycling Connection to develop school travel plans in our community. Additionally, the Mayor’s Task Force on Transportation has begun to prioritize schools in the 2015-16 year, focusing on improving and enhancing school travel planning.
What is a school travel plan?
The School Travel Plan is an engagement process which researches school travel habits to develop, facilitate and promote active travel alternatives in partnership with schools. All new schools are required to have a School Travel Plan and all existing elementary and middle schools will have a School Travel Plan by the end of 2016.