Town of Canmore

LGMS School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning encourages more families to walk and wheel to and from school by bringing together community members, school representatives, municipal planners and engineers, public health, police, parents, and school staff. School Travel Planning identifies barriers to this type of active transportation and makes changes so that routes to school are safer and easier to access. Canmore's first School Travel Planning project is currently underway.  This committee includes:

  • Lawrence Grassi Middle School (LGMS)
  • Canadian Rockies Public School
  • Canmore Community Cruisers
  • Primary Care Network
  • Biosphere Institute
  • LGMS Parents and Students
  • Members of the RCMP
  • Alberta Traffic Safety Office
  • Town of Canmore

2017 Projects

7th Avenue Intersection Improvements - underway - painting will take place week of September 18 - 22

Spring Creek Roundabout Improvements - this work will start in Fall 2017


Feedback and Follow-Up

With the help of the School Travel Planning Committee in Fall of 2016, data was collected about how students get to school.  Through this engagement, stakeholders participated in surveys, and field assessments were done to identify key routes and areas of improvement.

  • Here's what we heard:
    • Navigating the roundabout at Kananaskis Way and Bow Valley Trail is challenging for kids
    • The route to school from Teepee Town is challenging and needs to be improved
    • Crossings along routes to school need to better accommodate walking and wheeling
    • Failure to yield and speeding are observed along routes to school
    • Speed limits along routes to school are too high
  • Here's what needs to be done:
    • Design improvements for walking and wheeling through key intersections, with a focus on slowing traffic
    • Prioritize people walking and biking on neighbourhood streets near the school
    • Improve crossings at a number of key locations in Canmore
    • Enhance signs and crosswalk markings along routes
  • Here's how we'll do it:
    • 7th Avenue crossing improvements and speed reductions
    • Crossing improvements on Bridge Road at north Rundle Crescent and Rundle Drive
    • Spring Creek Roundabout improvements
    • Additional bike parking and improvements at LGMS
    • Gate access improvements at Centennial Park from bus loop
    • Pedestrian and bike priority improvements for 4th Street, 5th Street, 6th Street, and in Teepee Town 


Reference Documents

Looking for more information?

Are you interested in learning more about the program and the process?  This is a national program that Canmore is proud to participate in.  Visit Active & Safe Routes to School to learn more here: