Traffic Management Plan

1.0 Purpose

This School Traffic Management Plan describes how all traffic operates on a school site. This includes pedestrians, those using mobility devices, cyclists and motorized vehicles. The plan will allow anyone who is new to the school community become familiar with how the school operates and act as a refresher for those who are familiar with the school.

This plan and the accompanying maps will help encourage active travel to school as well as help manage traffic on the school site. It was created in collaboration with school administration, parent council and school board staff.

2.0 Background

Mitchell Woods is a walking school with only 6% of students eligible for bus service in 2018/19. Despite the high number of students that live within walking distance, many students get dropped off and/or picked up from school by parents and guardians in private vehicles. Traffic congestion around the school site is a challenge.

3.0 Definitions

Active Travel

Any form of human-powered transportation such as walking, cycling, using a wheelchair, using a scooter or skateboarding.

Kiss N’ Ride

A designated zone used for quick drop offs and pick-ups. Vehicles enter the zone, stop to let passengers in/out, and drive away immediately. Driver remains in the vehicle at all times.

4.0 Active and Safe Travel

Active travel is a great way to get to and from school. Students who arrive at school via active travel are more alert and ready to learn. There are also many health and environmental benefits associated with active travel. The more a school encourages active travel, the better the chances that traffic congestion around the school will decrease.

4.1 Crossing Guards – Appendix A

There are a number of adult crossing guards in the area that can help people get to and from school safely. Guard locations and times can change. For an up to date list of locations and times you can go to this website: http://guelph.ca/living/getting-around/walk/crossing-guards/

This table displays information on adult crossing guards that are located in the area as of March 12th, 2019.

Locations AM Shift PM Shift
Willow Road at Bonar Place 8:15-8:45 3:10-3:35
Willow Road at Elmira Road 8:15-8:45 3:15-3:45
Willow Road at Westwood Road 8:15-8:50 3:05-3:40

4.2 Arrival Points on School Property – Appendices A and B

The Routes to School Planner (Appendix A) shows suggested active transportation routes to school. The location of crosswalks and traffic lights are shown so students and their families can plan a route. Off road paths, such as the path through Dunhill Place Park, are also shown.

The map also provides “walk a block” drop-off locations. These are streets where on street parking is permitted. Drivers are encouraged to drop off students in these areas and allow the student to walk the rest of the way. These “walk a block” locations help reduce traffic congestion around the school.

Appendix B shows walking and wheeling routes on the school property, with school site entry points labeled as 1, 2 and 3.

Entry Point 1 – West Side of School Property

  • Those who need to cross the street can do so with the help of the Adult School Crossing Guard.
  • Use the sidewalk on Willow Road to reach Entry Point 1.
  • Follow the paved sidewalk on the west side of the school to the playground.
  • Primary students can be escorted by older students along the front of the school to the kindergarten playground area on the east side of the school.
  • The older students can proceed to the back playground through the kindergarten area.

Entry Point 2 – Middle of School Property – Across From Bonar Place

  • Use the help of the adult crossing guard to reach entry point 2.
  • Turn right once you get to the south side of Willow Road.
  • Cross the driveway with the help of the student safety patrol.
  • Use the sidewalk on the west side of the school to reach the playground.
  • Primary students can be escorted by older students along the front of the school to the kindergarten playground area on the east side of the school.
  • The older students can proceed to the playground through the kindergarten area.

Entry Point 3 – East Side of School Property

  • Use the sidewalk on Willow Road to reach Entry Point 3.
  • Use the painted walkway with the help of the student safety patrol and walk along the front of the school.
  • Use the sidewalk on the west side of the school to reach the playground.
  • Primary students can be escorted by older students to the kindergarten playground area on the east side of the school.
  • The older students can proceed to the back playground through the kindergarten area.

4.3 Bike/Scooter Storage – Appendix B

Racks are located on the west side of the school. Follow the sidewalks and paved paths to reach the racks. Those using the racks are encouraged to bring their own lock.

5.0 School Traffic Management Practices

5.1 Morning Arrival and Afternoon Dismissal Routine – Appendix C

Morning Arrival

Staff supervision begins at 8:30, which is when students are welcome to come to the school yard. Students should make their way to the playground area at the back of the school via the paved path on the west side of the school. Primary students and their older siblings proceed to the kindergarten area on the east side of the school. J/I students who drop off their younger siblings can proceed to the back of the school through the kindergarten area.

Buses and taxis enter the loop via the west opening and exit at the east opening. Staff should access the parking lot via the east access. The loop and parking lot should not be used to drop off students.

Afternoon Dismissal

 During the afternoon the front loop should only be used by school buses and taxis. There is staff supervision at the front loop to help ensure that the traffic that does use the front loop operates smoothly and students are following the proper routes off the property. Some members of the student safety patrol are let out of class early to set up the pylons and get ready. Early dismissal of students who are part of the student safety patrol is left to the discretion of individual teachers.

5.2 Yard Supervision – Appendix C

Staff supervise the back playground, kindergarten area and front loop from 8:30am to 8:45am and from 3:15pm-3:30pm.

5.3 Student Safety Patrol Program – Appendix C

The school safety patrol program is a program offered by the Guelph Police Service that works to improve school safety. The goal is to have trained student patrollers encourage and model safe behavior to other students and the greater community. The student patrollers are trained through the program.

There is a student safety patrol program in place at Mitchell Woods. Student safety patrols help students cross safely at the crosswalk and across the driveways. Student Safety Patrols are in place from 8:30 – 8:45am and 3:15-3:30pm. They help in four locations:

  • Control access to the loop at both the east and west side. Pylons are placed at the entrance of the loop and the entrance to the parking lot to help with this.
    • The patrollers on the west remove the pylons for school buses and taxis.
    • The patrollers on the east remove the pylons for staff.
  • Patrollers along the diagonal walkway on the east side of the school help pedestrians and cyclists use the walkway safely.
  • Patrollers at Bonar Place/Willow Road help pedestrians cross Bonar Place.

6.0 Vehicle Traffic

6.1 Traffic Flow on School Property – Appendix D

Vehicles accessing the school must enter the loop on the west side of the school and exit on the east side. The loop at the front of the school operates with one-way traffic flow.

6.2 Parking

6.2.1 Parking on School Property – Appendix D

Due to the small parking lot and large staff, parking on school property is reserved for staff. Those requiring accessible parking may use one of the two designated spaces, provided a valid permit is displayed.

6.2.2 On-Street Parking – Appendix E

There are several areas on surrounding streets where on-street parking is permitted. If you need to drive, consider parking a block or two away from the school and walking from there to help reduce congestion at the school. Obey all posted street signs. See Appendix E for on street parking areas.

Appendix E shows four different on-street parking areas:

  • Red: no stopping or parking anytime.
  • Yellow: no parking.
  • Blue: kiss and ride zone – 5 minutes max, Monday to Friday, September to June.
  • Green: on street parking allowed.

For visitors who are staying for an extended period, Kipling Avenue is a good option for on street parking. Take the path through Dunhill Place Park for a nice 5 minute walk!

6.3 Fire Route – Appendix F

The loop in front of the school is the official fire route and is therefore a no stopping/no parking zone. Stopping and parking are not permitted in the loop at any time as per City of Guelph by-law. The fire route is shown in Appendix F.

7.0 Signatures

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Appendix A

Appendix A - Routes to School Planner

Appendix B – Active Travel Routes on School Property

Active Travel Routes on School Property

Appendix C – Supervision Map

Supervision Map

Appendix D – Vehicles on School Property

Vehicles on School Property

Appendix E – Vehicle Traffic on Surrounding Street

Vehicle Traffic on Surrounding Street

Appendix F – Fire Route

Fire Route

Appendix G – Key Contacts

Guelph Adult Crossing Guard Program
Christine Vettor, Coordinator, Adult School Crossing Guards
P: 519-822-1260 ext 2040

Guelph By-law Enforcement Office
P: 519-837-2529 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Online: Report a problem here.

UGDSB School Traffic Management Coordinator
Trevor Favretto
P: 519-822-4420 ext 753
E: [email protected]


Mitchell Woods Traffic Management Plan (PDF)