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In the course of a single generation, there has been a significant decline in the percentage of students walking and cycling to school. In response to this trend, the Board of Trustees approved a Charter for Active Safe and Sustainable Transportation (ASST) in the fall of 2013. Through this Charter, the TDSB has committed to supporting ASST more fully in our schools. 


Many schools at the TDSB are making active, safe and sustainable transportation a priority in their community and we continue to seek opportunities to offer supports that will assist schools in doing so. Click below to explore some of the ways active, safe and sustainable transportation is being supported at the TDSB:

›       Traffic Management Program and Vision Zero

Compared to previous generations, fewer students are walking and cycling to school, and more are being driven. This change is associated with rising environmental, health and safety concerns. To respond to this trend, the TDSB is launching a new program this fall to provide schools with more support to manage traffic. This unique program will be rolled out at up to 15 TDSB schools in 2017/18 and the selection of these schools will be predominantly based on a school’s proximity to a collision cluster (as identified by Transportation Services), and the percentage of students living within walking distance of the school.

At the same time, through their Vision Zero Road Safety Plan, the City of Toronto’s Transportation Services has committed to the creation of 20 “School Safety Zones” per year. These safety zones will include features to increase visibility of school zones with the goal of calming traffic.

Learn more about the Traffic Management Program and School Safety Zones.


›       Bike to School Project

The Bike to School Project is aimed at promoting cycling at TDSB secondary schools and is delivered through a partnership with Culturelink Settlement and Community Services. In the 2017/18 school year, 13 secondary schools will receive cycling support through the Bike to School Project.

›       Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is a celebration of active transportation and biking and builds on the success of Bike Month. Schools participate in Bike to School Week by encouraging their students to walk and roll to school, and by holding events both inside and outside the classroom to promote the benefits of active transportation and biking.

This year, Bike to School Week is happening May 28th – June 1st, 2018.

›       Cycling Education Programs

Schools can apply to have a skills-based cycling education program presented at their school, free of charge in the spring of 2018. Visit our Cycling Supports page for more details.

›       Smart Commute

Smart Commute helps local employers and commuters explore different commute choices like carpooling, cycling and transit in an effort to ease gridlock, improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while making your commute less expensive and more enjoyable. All TDSB staff are invited to take advantage of Smart Commute’s online tool, designed to assist with planning your commute. Use the tool to explore and compare your travel options, including cycling, walking, public transit and carpooling and to calculate calories burned, CO2 emissions, and travel costs.


Revisions to Section 6 of the EcoSchools Program

Section 6 of the EcoSchools program asks schools to contribute to a healthy, active, safe and sustainable school community. A revised version of the Section 6 EcoReview was drafted over the summer of 2015 to ask schools to:
  • take action to create and promote a healthy and safe environment, in terms of school travel
  • support active and sustainable transportation; and
  • assess and act on their current active transportation practices

Certification Toolkit Revisions

The EcoSchools Certification Toolkit is a one-stop shop for all of the "tools" that schools require to help them access the services, materials, and equipment needed to become a certified EcoSchool. The EcoSchools Certification Toolkit was updated for the 2015/16 year to include more resources to support schools in promoting ASST. 
›  EcoSchools Resources
See the ASST Update for a summary of some of the ASST projects and initiatives the TDSB has been involved in since the Board’s adoption of the Charter for Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation.
The Active, Safe and Sustainable Transportation Initiative Ideas resource suggests ways that active, safe and sustainable transportation can be integrated into a school’s EcoSchools program.
Healthy Living: Active, Safe, and Sustainable Transportation (Recommended readings)
Ontario Elementary Curriculum Connections to Active Safe, Sustainable Transportation (2016)
See Section 6 of the EcoSchools Certification Toolkit for resources to support active, safe and sustainable transportation.
The Best Practices Guide describes a wide range of activities that our schools undertake to make their EcoSchools program engaging and inspiring. See pp. 74 – 76 of this guide for some examples of how active transportation has been promoted at other schools.
›  Teaching and Learning

Guide to Ride
Free cycling-focused lesson plans for grades 4 – 6, provided by Physical and Health Education Canada

Move Think Learn – Cycling in Focus
Geared towards grades 4 – 9, this Physical and Health Education Canada resource provides lesson plans that demonstrate how cycling strategy, tactics and skills can be transferred to other sports

›  Additional Resources

Cycle Toronto’s Cyclist Handbook
A resource for Toronto cyclists, identifying the parts of a bicycle, cycling safety tips and rules of the road. Available in 17 languages.

CAA’s Bike Safety
This website provides a wealth of resources on bike safety, including selecting appropriate bike equipment, riding skills and tips and bike maintenance and care.

Ministry of Transportation’s Young Cyclists Guide
A cycling guidebook, designed for youth, providing information on bicycle equipment, riding tips and rules of the road.

Peel Region’s Bike Rodeo Community Kit
A “how-to” guide for establishing a Bike Rodeo in your community.

The Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools is a research-based resource designed to assist residents in requesting street improvements within the City of Toronto


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