School Travel Planning Toolkit

The STP Toolkit contains everything you need to implement School Travel Planning in your community.

The STP process is guided and supported by an STP Facilitator who brings everyone together, coordinates activities, and uses this STP Toolkit to compile a School Travel Plan.

The Toolkit consists of two comprehensive Guides, plus their associated tools:

You can access the associated tools in three ways:

  1. The tools are available below, organized in order of recommended use throughout each of the six phases of STP. Click on an individual Phase box to see the tool contents and then click on the highlighted links.
  2. Each tool is named in bold and underlined throughout the two Guides. Click on those links.
  3. A summary of the tools is provided at the end of Section 2 in the Guide for Facilitators. Click on those links.

We launched this current and updated version of the STP Toolkit on 31 May 2018.
Watch our recorded webinar and view the slide deck.

Phase 1: Set-up the project

Getting STP started involves appointing a Facilitator, identifying the schools and stakeholders to participate, and establishing STP committees to support and oversee the process.

Phase 1a: Set-up at regional level

Guide for Regional Stakeholders

The Guide for Regional Stakeholders provides information to help regional and/or municipal stakeholders to establish and support a School Travel Planning program.


Establishing Regional STP Committee:

Hiring STP Facilitator(s):

Building support for Active School Travel:

Phase 1b: Set-up at school level

Guide for Facilitators

The Guide for Facilitators provides a comprehensive, step-by-step guide for Facilitators to take schools through the School Travel Planning process.


Briefing documents for school Principals:

Securing school agreement to participate:

Establishing a School STP Committee:

Communicating to the school community:

Phase 2: Assess conditions

The second phase of STP involves collecting the information needed to identify and understand local school travel issues. The data collected in this phase also provides a baseline against which progress can be measured over the course of the STP process.


Securing School Board Ethics Approval for STP data collection:

Conducting a student travel survey:

Conducting a family travel behaviour survey:

Assessing the built environment and traffic:

Developing a vision and targets for the school:

Sharing results with school community:

Phase 3: Develop Action Plan

The third phase of STP is to develop a plan of action based on the issues and barriers to active school travel that have been identified in Phase 2. Action items should be realistic and measurable, and it’s important to identify responsibilities and deadlines.

Action Plan Inspiration Guide

The Action Plan Inspiration Guide provides examples and case studies to help the School STP Committee to develop ideas for what to include in the Action Plan for their school. The  web page can also help identify a range of action items from across the 5 E’s (education, encouragement, engineering, enforcement and evaluation).


Documenting the Action Plan and STP process:

Phase 4: Implement Action Plan

The fourth phase of STP is all about making the Action Plan happen! This requires ongoing communication with the school community and STP committees and requires updating the Action Plan at regular intervals to track progress.


Communicating the School Travel Plan: 

Updating the School Travel Plan:

Phase 5: Evaluate progress

The fifth phase is the evaluation of the STP project and involves collecting follow-up data to compare to the baseline data collected in Phase 2, and updating the School Travel Plan to document Action Plan progress. Phase 5 also involves celebrating successes and planning resources for the continuation of the project.


Conducting a follow-up school travel survey:

Conducting a follow-up family travel behaviour survey:

Phase 6: Keep it going

The sixth phase involves transitioning the STP Committees to continue working on STP once the Facilitator reduces their involvement. The STP Committee will keep the STP process going through Phases 3 to 6 on a cyclical basis to implement the Action Plan, reassess conditions, and update the Action Plan.


Recognizing achievements and celebrating success:

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