To bring road safety issues to the attention of decision makers and advocate for improvements that make streets safer for walking and cycling.
Students and their parents/caregivers have extensive knowledge and experience of their neighbourhood streets through their daily school journeys. As a result, they can have an important role in making sure municipal staff and elected officials are aware of local traffic safety and accessibility concerns, and in advocating for improvements. The key steps in safer streets advocacy involve:
Engage local elected officials (e.g. municipal councillor, school trustee) in the discussions as early as possible as they can advise on potential solutions, whether improvements are already planned, and how to request changes. It is best to write to officials and request to meet with them in person or by phone. When requesting improvements, be specific about the locations and problems, but keep an open mind about the types of solutions that might be best suited to address them.
A group of individuals who share an interest in improving street safety, tools and materials to gather and present information about local concerns.
Teachers, students, parents and caregivers, public health nurses, municipal transportation planning staff, school board staff, elected officials (e.g. municipal councillor and school board trustee), police or bylaw services, community support workers.
The Centre for Active Transportation “Guide to Safer Streets Near Schools”