LGMS School Travel Planning

School Travel Planning is targeted towards getting more families walking and wheeling 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 active transportation and makes changes so routes to school are safer and easier to access.  Canmore's first School Travel Planning project is currently underway with all members of the School Travel Planning Committee working hard.  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

 

Project Goals

The goal of School Travel Planning is to remove barriers that prevent students from being able to walk or wheel to and from school with ease.  Some of the benefits of active school travel include:

  • Increasing physical activity for students
  • Improving happiness and mental strength for students
  • Reducing traffic congestion & reducing air pollutants 
  • Enhancing neighbourhood safety
  • Strengthening community

 

Feedback & Follow-Up

With the help of the School Travel Planning Committee in Fall of 2016, data was collected to inform on 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 be 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 Town
    • 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
    • Bike Parking additions and improvements at LGMS
    • Gate Access improvements at Centennial Park from bus loop
    • Pedestrian & Bike Priority improvements for 4th Street, 5th Street, 6th Street and in Teepee Town 

 

Timeline

 

Project Initiatives

Spring Creek Roundabout Improvements

7th Avenue Intersection Improvements

 

Bride Road / Rundle Drive Crosswalk Improvements

 

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 sees value in being a part of.  Visit Active & Safe Routes to School to learn more here: www.saferoutestoschool.ca