Why School Streets?
The purpose of the pilot is to demonstrate that closing school drop-off and pick-up areas to vehicles leads to a safer and more enjoyable drop-off and pick-up experience.
- Improves road safety
- Reduces traffic congestion
- Creates opportunities for kids to be active
- Encourages active travel to school
- Benefits mental health and focus at school
- Improves air quality at and around schools
- Builds community
Which schools will be involved?
Schools have been invited based on a data-driven selection process conducted by a project advisory group. Street design, existing travel patterns, equity considerations and community support have all been important factors in this process.
Three Mississauga schools will be participating in the School Streets pilot project.
- Hillside Public School
- St. Alfred Separate School
- Brian W. Fleming Public School
1Phase one: Project planning – May 2021 to May 2022
Research to select pilot locations, conduct community meetings and host community pop-up events.
2Phase two: Pilot launch – May 2022 (three weeks)
There will be temporary road closures for vehicles in front of participating schools during morning drop-off and/or afternoon pick-up. These closed off streets will allow students and pedestrians to openly walk, cycle and play.
3Phase three: Evaluation and reporting – April 2022 to June 2023
During this phase staff will collect and share data before, during and after pilot to measure community satisfaction and impact.
This project is funded through the Ontario Active School Travel fund, and is coordinated through a partnership with Green Communities Canada and 8 80 cities. School Streets have begun to be tested by schools across Canada, including Toronto, Winnipeg, Victoria, Kingston and Vancouver.
The School Streets pilot project is an approved action (Action 90) within the Vision Zero Action Plan and will help Mississauga reach its goal of zero fatal and serious collisions on the road network.