Did you know that walking all or part way to school helps create safer school zones by reducing vehicle congestion?
To help support safer school zones and make everyone’s trip to and from school a success, OSTA has created multiple resources and tools, like walking route maps, for parents and children to download and use. Three different types of walking route maps have been created to help you plot your trip to school; whether you plan to walk all or part way to school, each map was designed with safety in mind:
Walking Route maps are designed to indicate the safest and most direct routes to school. They include the location of traffic lights and signs, crossing guards and any hazards in the neighbourhood. The routes are identified by directional arrows that lead towards the school.
Walk&Roll Meetup Maps are designed to encourage students to meetup at designated locations and walk as a small group to school. Walking as a small group, children benefit from “safety in numbers”. Walk&Roll Meetup stops were conveniently selected based on the location of walking students in the area. The maps also identify recommended walking routes to school, location of traffic lights and signs, hazards and crossing guards.
Walk-a-Block maps are designed to encourage parents who drive their children to school, to park 5 to 10 minutes away from the school and walk the rest of the way. The maps identify 400 and 800 metre radiuses around the school. They also identify neighbourhood street names, pathways and potential quiet places to park. Remember to always follow safe driving practices especially in school zones.
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Help keep your walk to school safe by following the pedestrian safety rules!
When planning to walk to school or anywhere, it’s important for you and your child to be prepared. Begin teaching pedestrian safety at a young age and continue to refresh their knowledge as they get older. For more pedestrian safety tips, check out our Pedestrian Safety Tips page.
Remember, Safer School Zones Start with You.