There are various Quebec programs that can inspire and accompany municipalities in planning the infrastructure necessary for citizens to engage in active transportation.
In order to foster safe, active transportation in municipalities, particularly in the vicinity of schools, Vélo Québec offers a program titled À pied, à vélo, ville active (On foot, by bike, active city). The program proposes concrete means to municipalities and schools to create walk- and bicycle-friendly environments.
In order to provide young students in Sainte-Julie with all the security that they need, this municipality prepared a well-defined action plan regarding school zone safety, which takes the form of a comprehensive program titled En toute confiance vers l’école (Getting to school with complete confidence). The program won the top road safety award for municipalities with fewer than 30,000 inhabitants handed out by the Association québécoise du transport et des routes (Quebec transportation and roads association).
In partnership with regional recreational and sport units, the Association québécoise du loisir municipal (Quebec municipal leisure association) and the Institut national de santé publique du Québec (Quebec public health institution), Kino-Québec developed a tool titled Municipalité active (Active municipality) for the purpose of getting municipalities to commit to creating environments that foster an active lifestyle.
The Montréal Urban Ecology Centre has recognized expertise in citizen mobilization and participatory processes capable of contributing to neighbourhood development. Their project titled Green, Active, Healthy Neighbourhoods aims to support communities in rethinking neighbourhoods in favour of pedestrians and cyclists.
The Trottibus project conducted by the Canadian Cancer Society encourages elementary school students to walk to school by offering them a walking school bus. Trottibus “buses” are organized and supervised by adult volunteers who ensure the children’s safety. They follow a predetermined itinerary with planned stops where the kids are “picked up” and accompanied to school on foot.
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