The City of London actively supports the Active and Safe Routes to School (ASRTS) program at more than 25 schools in the City. Over the last 10 years, the ASRTS program has worked with elementary schools to eliminate or improve barriers with the ultimate goal of enhancing safe and active transportation options to reduce congestion around schools.
Through the program, the City addresses all real or perceived safety concerns in the neighbourhood around the school. One of the primary benefits of the program is a walkabout through the community where barriers that may stop someone from walking or cycling to school are discussed with staff, which helps inform future road safety improvements.
Sir Arthur Currie Public School: In 2018, roundabouts were identified as a barrier to active travel to and from a school after observing uncertainty among drivers and pedestrians trying to navigate through the area. In response, the City worked with the school to develop a solution and ended up installing London’s first pedestrian crossover within a roundabout.
The photo above shows the newly installed pedestrian crossover within a roundabout near Sir Arthur Currie Public School.
Saint Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Elementary School: After observing students and parents crossing at multiple points in front of the school, the City of London introduced a pedestrian crossover to bring everyone to one crossing point, helping pedestrian and drivers alike! Access ramps were also added to improve accessibility.
Before: The photo above shows an example of people crossing the street in different areas.
After: The photo above shows what the street looks like now, in front of Saint Marguerite D'Youville Catholic Elementary School, with the addition of a pedestrian crossover and access ramps.