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Active Transportation Academy (ATA) eLearning Courses

Active Transportation Basics

This course introduces the concept of active transportation – walking and biking and other human-powered modes – and how to effectively plan for safer and more convenient active transportation facilities in your community. It provides guidance to residents, activists, grassroots organizations, and planning and engineering professionals on the basics of active transportation planning, design, and funding.

Upon completion of the modules, 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.

The AT Basics course is now available through Ohio LTAP’s eLearning system, at no cost. The course takes 2.75 hours to complete, based on three modules.

Three modules available through ATA Basics

Advocating for Active Transportation

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. The course is divided into three parts:

  • Part I addresses the question “What is advocacy?” from a general definition to how it pertains to active transportation.
  • Part II leads the trainees in understanding the active transportation-related issues in their community and guides them in examining those issues as they relate to potential advocacy efforts.
  • Part III outlines key steps toward designing a strategy to build active transportation advocacy in the participants’ community.

What You'll 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. All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs).

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. The presence of adult school crossing guards can lead to more parents feeling comfortable about their children walking or bicycling to school.

While the primary role of an adult school crossing guard is to guide children safely across the street, children also remain responsible for their own safety. In this manner, a crossing guard plays another key function as a role model in helping children develop the skills necessary to cross streets safely at all times.

This course provides knowledge, as well as hands-on experience with crossing guard demonstrations and practice in the classroom and on roads. It explains how to control traffic to create safe gaps for students to cross the street to and from school, and other personal, knowledge, communication, and skill-based responsibilities of an adult school crossing guard.

What You'll Learn

  • Instruction and resources on the importance and responsibilities of crossing guards
  • Knowledge of correct equipment usage and crossing procedures
  • Evaluation of an individual’s ability to be an effective cross guard
  • Suggestions on recruitment and structure to meeting student and community needs
  • All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs)

Traffic Calming for Active Transportation

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.

What You'll Learn

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.

Safe Routes to School Basics

This course will provide 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 SRTS Basics course is now available through Ohio LTAP’s eLearning system, at no cost.