Residents encouraged to help create safer roads and active routes to school
Students are back to in-person learning and with this comes busier roads and more traffic around our local schools and community safety zones. To help alleviate traffic, increase safety awareness and promote active transportation, the Town has launched Back to School TOA. The fall engagement and traffic safety campaign is designed to keep our community safe and active whether you walk, roll, bike or drive to school.
Get involved on the Town’s public engagement platform In My Opinion Hub by:
- Joining the conversation: How can drivers help to improve safety in school zones?
- Sharing your story: What does your family love most about walking, biking or rolling to school?
- Downloading the Back to School TOA safety checklist
Share your ideas and reasons at ajax.ca/imo for a chance to win a back to school prize pack and for your story to be featured on TOA social media channels!
“The Town continues to implement traffic calming and safety measures to improve road safety, but we need the community’s help to ensure kids can get to and from school safely. According to 2019 CAA polling results, nearly 6 in 10 Canadians say there are more unsafe driving practices in school zones today than in the past. In fact, nearly a quarter of drivers report witnessing a near miss or collision in a school zone, more than half of which involved a child. Together, we can help change this. I encourage you to get involved and share your ideas on how we can help to improve safety in school zones. And remember, if you choose to drive, please plan ahead, drive safe and watch for children.” – Mayor Shaun Collier
“School is back, and hundreds of families are taking charge of their mental and physical health by walking, rolling or biking to school. Walking and rolling are great ways to get to school while maintaining physical distancing and help families develop life-long healthy habits while reducing traffic congestion in school zones. Does your child or children walk, bike, scoot, rollerblade, or skateboard to school? Let’s celebrate! Share what you and your kids love most about walking, biking or rolling to school on TOA’s IMO Hub for a chance to win a prize and inspire our community! Thank you Ajax for helping create safer and healthier communities.” – Armi De Francia, Active Transportation Coordinator, Town of Ajax
- Active transportation refers to the use of human-powered options such as walking, biking, rollerblading, scooting, or skateboarding to get to/from school. Active transportation includes the use of mobility aid devices as well as adaptive bicycles and adaptive scooters for people with disabilities.
- Interested in walking or rolling to school but not sure if it’s too far? Visit ajax.ca/WalkNRoll for walking and biking distance maps for your school.
- In November 2020, 70% of parents surveyed expressed a preference for a driver awareness campaign. In response, the Town is launching a Back to School TOA Traffic Safety Campaign which aims to improve traffic safety in school zones by: Promoting safe driving in school zones, raising awareness on the risks of aggressive driving, and encouraging families to choose transportation modes that reduce the number of vehicles on the road.
- Ongoing TOA transportation initiatives:
- Reviewing traffic volumes and speeds to determine improvements to walking/biking routes based on warrants and industry standards. Improvements can include signage, stop sign installation, or traffic calming.
- Adding facilities for walking, biking, and rolling as part of Ajax’s Integrated Transportation Master Plan.
- Reviewing the feasibility of adding pedestrian crossings, crossovers, or crossing guards.
- Providing prize packs to schools that encourage walking and rolling to school by celebrating Walktober, Winter Walk Day and Bike to School Week/Bike Month.