New partnership aims to improve traffic safety at schools

August 25, 2014

In response to traffic safety concerns at County schools, the Strathcona County School Traffic Safety Partnership (STSP) has been formed.

The increase of traffic at schools during peaks hours results in traffic congestion and parking issues. Add pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders and buses and you have a very challenging traffic safety environment.

The STSP will provide a collaborative forum to effectively address traffic safety concerns at County schools through the integrated implementation of engineering, education, and enforcement initiatives. The STSP will act as a resource when concerns can’t be easily addressed at the school level.

In addition to addressing specific traffic safety concerns, the STSP hopes to broadly improve school-related traffic safety through policy level initiatives. Working at this level will allow the STSP to consider the implementation of system-wide initiatives to improve school safety.

Working at the school board level will also allow the STSP to proactively address school related traffic safety concerns before they happen. Where traffic safety concerns are outside of the scope of the STSP, the partnership will also act as an advocate for change as appropriate.

The partnership is composed of representatives from the Elk Island Public and Catholic School Boards (including Student Transportation, Facilities and Administration), the Catholic Education Parents Advisory Council (CEPAC), EIPS’s Committee of School Councils (COSC), Alberta Transportation Office of Traffic Safety, Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services, and Strathcona County’s Transportation and Agriculture Services.

More information about traffic safety in Strathcona County

Set in the centre of Alberta’s energy and agricultural heartland, Strathcona County is a thriving, successful and vibrant community of more than 92,000 residents. Strathcona County is made up of the urban area of Sherwood Park and a large adjacent rural area of farms, acreages and smaller hamlets. It is home to 75 per cent of refining in Western Canada. With a focus on economic, governance, social, cultural and environmental sustainability, Strathcona County is committed to balancing the unique needs of its diverse community.

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Debbie Rawson, Chair, Strathcona County School Traffic Safety Partnership