School Site Design Guidelines for Active and Sustainable Transportation
The School Site Design Guidelines for Active and Sustainable Transportation are intended to help stakeholders develop school communities that foster active travel and sustainable travel. This guide is intended to help various stakeholders find common ground and clarify a common language to create partnerships and advance recommendations.
The information contained in the guidelines builds on the existing Transportation Demand Management Guide for Development guidelines. In particular, the document can be used during key phases of a school’s lifecycle including:
- Designing New Schools
This guide can be used during the school site design process, in conjunction with school board guidelines, for identifying the amenities and design considerations that facilitate access to the school by different active and sustainable modes of transportation.
- Planning New Communities
These guidelines can be applied during the secondary planning and/or subdivision application processes for choosing the school site, laying out the street grid, establishing planning and engineering standards, and building controls to help set up the school site for success.
- Retrofitting Existing School Sites
During renovations to school sites and buildings or to address existing deficiencies identified through the School Travel Planning process, these guidelines can play a role in the delivery of site enhancements on their own or bundled with other site updates.
- Retrofitting Neighbourhoods
During the School Travel Planning process, this guide can inform the Action Plan for changes around the school site to facilitate active travel. In addition, as roads near school sites undergo routine upgrades, reconstruction or resurfacing, this tool can inform the design of the new corridor to include improved pedestrian and cycling facilities.
The guidelines operationalize many of the Hamilton Active and Sustainable School Travel Charter principles, which is a long-term commitment between the City and school boards to provide support, resources, and training toward Active and Sustainable School Travel. The Charter recognizes the role that the built form and stakeholder collaboration and partnerships must create a culture supportive of active and sustainable travel.