West Shore Safe Routes to Schools & Community Hubs Active Transportation Forum

Safe Routes to Schools & Community Hubs
Active Transportation Forum


Greetings forum participants. This newsletter will connect you to the people, ideas and resources featured at West Shore Parks and Recreation's Safe Routes to School & Community Hubs Active Transportation forum hosted on Feb 20th, 2015. It is also an opportunity for us here at HASTe BC to thank you again for attending the event - your contributions provided the steak and the sizzle that made the workshop so informative and engaging.
Community Hubs
 
Jennifer Black, Active Transportation Program Manager at Capital Regional District (CRD), opened up the forum with an inspiring and factual look at the benefits of active transportation in our Communities and how the CRD's Regional Pedestrian & Cycling Masterplan is supporting this shift across the region.
Actions & Next Steps
- Promote Bike to School & Work Week
- Connect & coordinate with SD (i.e transit & bell times / trails & new schools)
- Revitalize crossing guard program
- Hire TDM Coordinators
- Provide a community forum to address safety concerns
Schools

Dianna Seaton, School Trustee for SD62 shared her  many stories from generation to generation through visuals of the evolution of school travel in the West Shore. She inspired us all to remember our own stories and the important role we play in shaping the next generation of stories to come as SD62 introduces two new high schools
Actions & Next Steps
- Provide cycling programs (cycling clubs, bike camps)
- Encourage "active" after school programs
- Police positive ticketing
- Explore free bikes at rec centres (bike library)
- Promote walking to other community activities (hockey)
- Incentives for cycling
Safe Routes

Kerry Hamilton from HASTe BC, outlined the many ways that active & safe trips to school benefit children and communities. She introduced HASTe's School Travel Planning (STP) model and provided inspiring examples of successful activities and outcomes other communities have achiveved using this model. 
Actions & Next Steps
Bike to Work: promote & encourage cycling as viable and safe mode of transit.
University: offer continued indoor storage, affordable bike rentals, bike maps and bus transit levis.
Seniors: afforable transit and 
maintained, practical and accessible routes.
Collective Next Steps

Regional:
Support programs that focus on behaviour change. Partner with Parks to connect trail routes to schools.
West Shore: Complete rail trails system. Promote existing trails to get to school. Encourage more conversation between Municipalities and SD62.
North Saanich: Increase communication and partnership between Municipalities, SD and Bike Advocacy groups. (Crossing guards, new schools, cycling programs)
Saanich: Create Active Transportation Master Plan and begin Safe Routes to School Program in Fall 2015. Partner with Community stakeholders to promote.

 
Summary of Workshop Session & Graphic Recording 

During the forum participants gathered in stakeholder groups, and looked at how active trips to school impacted them, and how they in turn encouraged active trips to school. After a quick game of musical tables, participants regrouped by municipality or region, to develop a vision for the future of Safe Routes to Schools and Community Hubs. The actions from the breakout sessions are summarized above and beautifully recorded below by graphic facilitator Tanya Gadsby. HINT: click on the images below to view a larger copy of the murals you helped to create!
 
Opening Session  - Jennifer Black & Dianna Seaton
HASTe BC Presentation - Kerry Hamilton
Workshop Actions and Next Steps
 
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