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CITE Manitoba Section Webinar: School Travel Planning

October 29, 2020@12:30 pm to 2:00 pm CDT

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The webinar will be hosted by Jennifer Chapman of Manitoba Infrastructure and ITE Manitoba President.

Speaker 1: Marie-Soleil Cloutier, Institut National de la recherche Scientifique (Montreal)

Presentation: Children safety around schools and parks as pedestrians: what to worry (or not) about!

This presentation take a closer look at two of our projects where 1) we observed child when crossing in different built environment and 2) we organize walkabouts with them around schools to get their feeling on their itinerary. We recorded their behaviors, but also their interaction with adult drivers to see if there are differences depending on individual and crossing site characteristics.

Marie-Soleil Cloutier is a health geographer and associate professor in Urban Studies at Institut National de la Recherche Scientifique (Montreal, Canada). Her research focus on the impact of the built environment on health, and issues related to pedestrian injuries and road risk perceptions are her prime interests. Director of the LAPS (Pedestrian and Urban Space Lab), she is currently involved in several multidisciplinary research teams working on pedestrians of all age (seniors, children and at-risk workers especially). Most of her research projects are in collaboration with community partners (cities, public health, NGOs, etc.) and other researchers in Quebec, Canada and France.


Speaker 2: Denae Penner, Green Action Centre (Winnipeg)

Presentation: School Streets: A Winnipeg Pilot Project

Green Action Centre coordinated a pilot of School Streets in Winnipeg this Fall, which started in early September at Isaac Brock School. A school street is a temporary road closure on the street in front of a school, with a short-term restriction on vehicle through-traffic. A method that was championed in the UK, School Street closures are an innovative approach to support student health and safety. School streets reduce traffic congestion, air pollution, and noise pollution, while addressing road safety issues that deter active school travel. The result is a safer, healthier and more enjoyable environment for everyone in the school community.


Denae Penner is the Senior Program Coordinator at Green Action Centre. She is an environmentalist and outdoor enthusiast with 10 years of experience in event and program management. She is a University of Winnipeg graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies in active transportation and urban sustainability issues. Her work focuses on equitable transportation, children’s mobility, and authentic public participation. Outside of work, Denae is an avid skier and runner, exploring Manitoba with her dog Rhubarb.


Speaker 3: Jamie Hilland, Urban Systems (Winnipeg)

Presentation: School Travel planning as part of neighbourhood study and design projects in the City of Winnipeg

Over the past decade, the City of Winnipeg has increasingly come to recognize the importance of youth and school engagement as part of transportation planning projects. As part of these efforts, the City of Winnipeg now includes School Travel Planning as key component of active transportation planning projects. In this presentation, we will look at the various processes employed to effectively consult and engage with students and families as part of previous neighbourhood study and design projects. These projects include the Ruby/Banning corridor study, the West Alexander to East Exchange project, as well as the recently completed Wolseley to Downtown walk/bike project. We’ll examine current best practice in the realm of school travel planning and youth engagement, and highlight lessons learned from past school travel planning and youth engagement projects


Jamie Hilland is a Sustainable Transportation Planner with Urban Systems, and is the former Program Director of the Active and Safe Routes to School Program at the Green Action Centre in Winnipeg. In this role, Jamie assisted communities across the Province of Manitoba in identifying strategies to improve the safety and numbers of children able to travel via healthy and sustainable transportation modes.

Jamie has continued working in the realm of active school travel and sustainable transportation with a number of clients across Canada, including the Active Transportation strategy for the City of Windsor ON, the Cycling Strategy for the City of Edmonton AB, the Youth Sustainable Transportation Strategy for TransLink in the Metro Vancouver region, the Wolseley to Downtown and Ruby/Banning projects for the City of Winnipeg, the Northmount Drive project for the City of Calgary, a school bike park at AE Wright school in the Seven Oaks school division, and the Active Transportation Strategy for the City of Dauphin MB. This fall Jamie will also be working on a project looking at how to effectively integrate health into various planning processes for Health Canada, as well as working with CAA to produce the first national safe school travel report card that will grade provinces and major municipalities on their efforts to improve the safety of children and families on the school journey.

Jamie is the current Chair of Active School Travel Canada, and sits on the Expert Advisory panel of the CIHR funded CHASE (Child Active Transport Safety and the Environment) study at the University of Calgary that is examining how the built environment influences child active transportation and active transportation injury across Canada. He also sits on the expert advisory team of the Research project at the University of Western Ontario titled “Development and implementation of a pan-Canadian surveillance system of active school travel behaviours and school zone built environments”, and is part of the expert advisory panel of the Ontario Active School Travel Study of “The measurable indicators of Active School Travel”.   Jamie sits on the Policy Committee for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycling Professionals (APBP), and was a contributor to the recently released NACTO “Streets for Kids” Design Guide.


October 29, 2020
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm CDT
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