In late 2023, the CRTPA embarked on a targeted and data-driven school safety study (“Take the Safe Route – Safe Access to School Study”) with the aim of enhancing walking and biking safety for students in the CRTPA region. The study, slated for completion in late 2024, will provide recommendations for walking and biking improvements, specifically targeting schools identified as having the greatest need.
The study is divided into two phases, with Phase 1 focusing on a comprehensive data analysis of the region’s schools (elementary, middle, and high schools). This phase involves key steps such as stakeholder meetings, data collection, desktop analysis, and a prioritization process. It culminates in the identification of ten (10) schools earmarked for further evaluation due to their need for biking and walking capital improvements.
Phase 2 of the study entails conducting multi-modal assessments of the selected schools through on-site visits and a thorough inventory of existing facilities and infrastructure. This phase will result in the identification of recommended improvements for biking and walking conditions. Additionally, students and parents of the selected schools will be surveyed.
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