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Active and Safe Routes to School
A first of it's kind study in Canada has revealed the benefits of promoting cycling and walking to school.
Via Active & Safe Routes to School:
“The Costs and Benefits of School Travel Planning Projects in Ontario, Canada – January 2014” is the first benefit-cost analysis of School Travel Planning (STP) projects conducted in Canada and provides a baseline method for evaluating the STP model. It analyzes the results of 19 STP projects from various Ontario communities, ranging in population size and geographic location. Findings illustrate a benefit-cost ratio of 1.8, supporting the STP model as a cost-effective intervention that can result in an increase in walking and cycling to school, providing economic, health and environmental benefits each school year. Based on an annual collective cost of $93,000, the 19 STP projects as a group were estimated to yield $200,000 in annual health and societal benefits from car trip reduction and increases in walking.
The study is a collaboration of Metrolinx, Green Communities Canada, and the University of Toronto. Data was contributed by STP steering committees including representatives from municipalities, public health units, school boards, schools, and other community stakeholders.