School Streets are programs that create a car-free environment in front of schools at the start and end of the school day to prioritize safe walking conditions for children, their caregivers and teachers.
Children are more vulnerable to road danger, especially with the bigger vehicles that are found on our roads these days. By restricting car access, School Streets make streets safer for all road users.
Improve Air Quality
Having vehicles around schools compromises the air quality around schools leaving children and their developing lungs vulnerable. School Streets mitigates idling time and encourages cleaner environments for all.
Increase Active Travel
Only a third of Canadian children are achieving the recommended amount of activity for their age group. Walking or biking to and from school can add upwards of 30 minutes of physical activity each day, and School Streets provide the opportunity to do so.
Encourage Independent Mobility
More and more kids are being driven to school these days. School Streets lets children have more autonomy in the way they get to and from school safely.
Foster Community Connection and Sociability
School Streets bring community members together to make streets cleaner and safer. Working collaboratively with others contributes to broader and stronger community connections with one another.
Reduce Traffic Congestion
On average, 25% of road congestion during morning rush hour is related to school drop-off. School Streets alleviate congestion in front of schools and encourage active modes of transportation.
Our latest School Streets project is the Ontario School Streets Pilot. This is a project, in partnership with Green Communities Canada, to pilot School Streets programs in three Ontario communities – Hamilton, Markham and Mississauga – during the 2021-22 school year. Funded through Ontario Active School Travel, the aim of the project is to encourage active travel to school for students, caregivers, parents, teachers and the broader school community.
Reports & Guidebooks
8 80 Streets Mountview
8 80 Streets Mountview was Toronto’s first School Streets pop-up, demonstrating how to create safer roads near schools through programming rather than reconstruction. For four days in October 2019, we created a temporary car-free environment on Mountview Av. during school drop-off and pick-up times to prioritize safe walking conditions for children, parents, and caregivers at Keele Street Public School.
School Streets Guidebook
The School Streets Guidebook was developed with the Capital Regional District of British Columbia and the City of Victoria to further communicate what School Streets are and how they can be applied locally. The Guidebook explains what School Streets are, case studies, and a step-by-step outline of School Streets planning.
School Streets to shape child-friendly cities
The report collects evidence of the benefits of School Streets to improve community wellbeing from interventions in Europe and around the world.
For more information on how to plan and adopt School Streets programs in your community, please contact Jiya Benni, Project Manager, 8 80 Cities at firstname.lastname@example.org.