School Streets are temporary road closures of streets in front of schools during peak school drop-off and pick-up times to create car-free zones that facilities a safer environment for active school travel. By restricting traffic during these peak times, School Streets also offer other benefits:

  • Improve air quality
  • Promote physical activity and healthier lifestyles
  • Foster community connection
  • Facilitate active and independent mobility
  • Reduce congestion and car access around schools

School Streets originated in the United Kingdom and have spread to cities around the world, including in Canada, and are supported by the Ontario government through the Ministry of Education. To date, School Streets tests have been conducted in Toronto, Ottawa and Kingston. This Markham School test would be the first in York Region.

To see what School Streets look like, watch this short two-minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ud8lUaXP6Zk

First School Street in Toronto at Keele Street Public School in 2019

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