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Active Transportation Academy (ATA) eLearning Courses

Active Transportation Academy (ATA) eLearning Courses

ATA (Active Transportation Academy) Adult School Crossing Guard Training

Adult school crossing guards play an important role in the lives of children who walk or bicycle to school. They help children safely cross the street at key locations. They also remind drivers of the existence of pedestrians. This training program is for adults that are interested in assisting students safely walk and bicycle to and from school.

This eLearning module teaches the techniques and procedures to use as an adult school crossing guard. The module contains a downloadable, PDF version of the training course manual as a reference.  We recommended this module be combined with an in-person field exercise measured with the Performance Checklist found in the downloadable training manual.

ATA (Active Transportation Academy) Advocating for Active Transportation 

Course overview:  This course examines the concept of advocacy, in relation to active transportation, and how to design a strategy for building advocacy in your community. It provides guidance to residents, activists, grassroots organizations, and planning and engineering professionals on how to engage elected officials on active transportation issues.

What you will learn: Upon completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills needed to initiate and support active transportation-related advocacy efforts in their community. They will understand why active transportation advocacy is necessary in their community, with whom to partner on advocacy efforts, effective methods to approach advocacy, and how to work with elected officials to build a culture of active transportation advocacy. 

ATA (Active Transportation Academy) Active Transportation Basics Module 1 -3 

This training was developed to introduce the concepts of active transportation in relation to planning programs and projects across the state of Ohio and in conjunction with the Ohio Department of Transportation.  

Upon completion of this course, participants will recognize the legitimacy of bicycle and pedestrian modes, understand key processes, practices, and contexts for decision making in active transportation planning processes, and understand the core principles and process for designing for people walking and biking. They will also build skills related to reviewing bike and ped related data, and have the knowledge and skills needed to initiate and support active transportation planning efforts in their community. They will understand why active transportation planning is necessary in their community, with whom to partner on planning and funding efforts, and where to find references for best practices and design standards when planning and designing active transportation facilities.

Module 2 will start off with an introduction to active transportation planning. The second section will cover types of active transportation plans that can be developed. We will also cover how to approach active transportation planning efforts, and provide examples of the different types of plans we cover. The module concludes with a review of the content and a "knowledge check" of what you have learned.  Module 3 will start off with a brief summary of resources related to standards for active transportation facilities. The second section will cover, in detail, different types of active transportation facilities and their application. The third section will cover traffic calming, or approaches used to slow traffic and/or cut traffic volumes in the interest of street safety.

The fourth section will discuss supporting facilities and services for active transportation. The fifth section will cover the most common categories of funding sources for active transportation efforts, as well as specific funding programs and their details.  Information on a selection of organizations, references, and tools, as well as additional training opportunities related to planning, design, and implementation of active transportation plans and projects will follow in the sixth and seventh sections.  The module concludes with a review of the content and a "knowledge check" of what you have learned. This is the last module in the course, so upon completion of this module, you will have completed the course.

ATA (Active Transportation Academy) Safe Routes to School Basics (SRTS) Modules 1-3

This series of modules will provide the learner an introduction to the concept of Safe Routes to Schools (SRTS), summarize how to effectively plan for infrastructure and programming, and provide guidance to schools, communities and partners.
Completing all three modules will achieve the following course goals:  

  • Understanding the basics of Safe Routes to Schools.
  • Understanding the principles and processes for planning, designing, and programming to support Safe Routes to Schools efforts.
  • Learning about non-infrastructure and infrastructure tools for promoting and implementing Safe Routes to Schools.
  • Being familiar with steps toward implementing Safe Routes to School countermeasures and programs.

The modules provide the training as follows:

Module 1 – Introduction to Safe Routes to School
Module 2 – Safe Routes to School Tools
Module 3 – Implementing Safe Routes to School

For more information on the Active Transportation Academy, please visit the program’s webpage.

ATA (Active Transportation Academy) Traffic Calming

This eLearning module teaches the techniques and procedures to use as an adult school crossing guard. The module contains a downloadable, PDF version of the training course manual as a reference.  We recommended this module be combined with an in-person field exercise measured with the Performance Checklist found in the downloadable training manual. 

This course presents the concept of traffic calming as it pertains to active transportation facilities and users. The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles of traffic calming, to become familiar with various types of safety countermeasures, and to learn about the resources and tools available to inform the planning and implementation of traffic calming countermeasures. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge needed to determine if traffic calming countermeasures are an option for them to further explore for implementation in their community. 

They will: 

  1. Understand why communities are looking to make their streets safer; 
  2. Be familiar with technical tools for making streets safer; 
  3. Possess practical knowledge of how to start planning and funding safety countermeasure projects; and, 4. Apply the knowledge to their community.