School travel planning program

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About the program

The School Travel Planning Program identifies infrastructure improvements that can help more students walk, bike or otherwise use active transportation for to get to and from school. Each year, staff work with a participating school and conduct baseline research through classroom and family surveys, observations and traffic counts.

The benefits of more students making the school journey on foot include:

  • Increased safety
  • Improved health
  • Arriving alert and ready to learn
  • Less stress, greater happiness
  • Less pollution
  • Reduced traffic congestion at and around the school

Through the School Travel Planning program, parents, teachers and school administration staff have been working with municipal, school district and public health officials to find ways to reduce barriers that prevent students from using active transportation to get to and from school.

Every family’s input is important to the success of this project. Based on what staff learn about what school travel choices are being made and why, a travel plan is created for participating schools that considers the needs of all students.

Participating schools

  • Casorso Elementary (underway)
  • South Kelowna Elementary (complete)
  • George Pringle Elementary (complete)
  • Raymer Elementary (complete)


About the program

The School Travel Planning Program identifies infrastructure improvements that can help more students walk, bike or otherwise use active transportation for to get to and from school. Each year, staff work with a participating school and conduct baseline research through classroom and family surveys, observations and traffic counts.

The benefits of more students making the school journey on foot include:

  • Increased safety
  • Improved health
  • Arriving alert and ready to learn
  • Less stress, greater happiness
  • Less pollution
  • Reduced traffic congestion at and around the school

Through the School Travel Planning program, parents, teachers and school administration staff have been working with municipal, school district and public health officials to find ways to reduce barriers that prevent students from using active transportation to get to and from school.

Every family’s input is important to the success of this project. Based on what staff learn about what school travel choices are being made and why, a travel plan is created for participating schools that considers the needs of all students.

Participating schools

  • Casorso Elementary (underway)
  • South Kelowna Elementary (complete)
  • George Pringle Elementary (complete)
  • Raymer Elementary (complete)


  • Southeast Kelowna Elementary School Travel Plan complete

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    02 Oct 2020

    A School Travel Plan for South Kelowna Elementary School is now complete.

    The Regional District of Central Okanagan (RDCO) and the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO), in coordination with the City of Kelowna, invited South Kelowna Elementary School to participate in the Clean Air and Safe Routes 4 Schools program to increase participation in active transportation, reduce the number of motorized vehicles used for travel to and from school and reduce emissions around and from school buildings.

    The STPCO, with the help of city staff prepared maps for the Walkabout route. City personnel also used traffic counts data collected previously near South Kelowna Elementary and analyzed the family baseline surveys. The municipal and school committee members actively participated in the process. They provided feedback on the draft maps, surveys, discussed the walkabout findings and analyzed the graphs and baseline data to develop and implement programs to target specific behaviors and barriers included in the Action Plan.

    South Kelowna Elementary Clean Air & Safe Routes 4 Schools: School Travel Plan is delivered in partnership with the City of Kelowna, Regional District of Central Okanagan, School District 23, Interior Health, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and the Sustainable Transportation Partnership of the Central Okanagan (STPCO).