Active & Safe Routes to School



Policy and Places for Walking & Wheeling

The Ecology Action Centre recommends policies and planning that supports active transportation on local and provincial levels. It also advocates for more walking and wheeling infrastructure in our communities.

A core issue is that of school siting - where we locate our schools. We developed a Discussion Brief: Reducing Childhood Obesity by Increasing Opportunities for Active Transportation to stimulate discussion regarding the need to ensure that provincial school siting decisions support efforts to reduce childhood obesity by increasing opportunities for active transportation to and from school. Please refer to our briefing note, which puts the Discussion Brief into context.

Other key policy documents include:

Success: Speed Reduction in School Zones in Nova Scotia

We were successful in building support to reduce speeds in school zones to help make our streets safe. View our background document to learn more about what motivated us to ask the Province of Nova Scotia to change the Motor Vehicle Act to make this possible. The Province ultimately heard our voice and those of our supporters: on May 24, 2011 the NS Government announced plans to reduce speeds in school zones from 50 km/h to 30 km/h. This change came into effect on September 1, 2012.
We thank the following organizations for expressing their support for reducing speeds in school zones:

  • AcTrac (Active Transportation Coalition of Cape Breton County)
  • Basinview Drive Community School Travel Planning Committee
  • Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Central Inverness Community Health Board
  • Cobequid Community Health Board
  • Dartmouth Community Health Board
  • Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia
  • Hike Nova Scotia
  • Injury Free Nova Scotia
  • LeMarchant-St. Thomas Elementary Home and School Association
  • Lunenburg County Community Health Board
  • Nova Scotia Bikeways Coalition
  • Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association
  • Recreation Nova Scotia
  • Safe Communities HRM
  • Safe Kids Canada
  • St. Stephen’s Elementary School Travel Planning Committee
  • Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities

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For more Information, contact us at:

Tel: (902) 442-0209
Fax: (902) 405-3716
Ecology Action Centre, 2705 Fern Lane, Halifax, NS B3K 4L3

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