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Active Transportation Academy

Active Transportation Academy

The Active Transportation Academy (ATA) is a resource for building capacity and expertise on active transportation topics, educating practitioners, decision makers, and partners, and helping your community reach its active transportation goals. The ATA provides trainings, workshops, e-Learning courses, and online resources on a variety of topics related to walking and biking.

Available Courses

The Active Transportation Academy provides both instructor-lead (in-person or virtual) and self-paced, online course opportunities. 

All trainings and associated materials are provided free of charge. All instructor-led trainings must be ‘hosted’ by a local jurisdiction or one of its affiliated departments. Browse the library of available courses below, and visit the LTAP Available Training calendar for upcoming sessions.

Instructor-Led Trainings

These trainings educate attendees on topics of interest, educate individuals to teach the topic to other adults (train-the-trainer), or teach individuals to conduct a program in their community. Trainings are 4 hours in duration. Applicants should ensure that a minimum of 12 members are in attendance. Trainings are well suited for multiple jurisdictions to attend together. Apply here to host a training in your community.

Complete Streets Policy Development

The course examines the reason for incorporating Complete Streets programs and projects into a community. It also provides instruction on how to create and integrate Complete Streets into a jurisdiction’s policies and processes. The course is divided into three portions:

  • The Introduction provides information on relevant concepts and theories related to the need for Complete Streets. This information dives into historical background, and the benefits of Complete Streets as relates to different policy, systems, and environmental factors.
  • The Complete Streets Strategies section fosters critical thinking about the components of effective Complete Streets plans and policies, and consideration of best practices.
  • The third and final portion – Planning for Implementation – walks the participants through the process of developing a Complete Streets implementation strategy.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will understand the meaning of “Complete Streets” and the need for and importance of Complete Streets. They will also be able to identify effective Complete Streets plans and policies and their components, as well as develop a draft Complete Streets implementation strategy for their community. All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs).

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to lead an informal walk or bike audit in their communities. They will be aware of the resources and tools available to guide audit planning, data collection, public participation, and interpretation of audit results. Ultimately, participants should be able to use their walk/bike audit experiences to create positive change in their communities. 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)

Girls in Gear

Girls in Gear (GIG) is a girls-specific, bicycling program designed to empower adolescent girls (aged 9-15) by building confidence and self-reliance through the integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities, physical exercise, community involvement and nutrition education. Participants will learn about the program, and how to implement the 10-session program in their community.

The 10-week course includes:

  • Bicycle education and mechanics.
  • Community design.
  • Public speaking.
  • Nutrition education.

The program is particularly effective as an after school, girls-led mentoring, or a community organization program. Girl participants should be recommended based on merit and/or interest in STEM professions.

What You'll Learn

  • Understanding the importance of engaging and empowering girls in STEM
  • Communicating the principles and focus areas of GIG
  • Become familiar with the GIG Lesson Guide and Workbook Guidance and information to plan a GIG program in your community
  • All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs)

Mobility Solutions: Transit’s First and Last Mile

This course focuses on teaching communities about implementable strategies and processes that better support bicycle and pedestrian connections to transit. The course is divided into three parts:

  • Part I presents fundamentals of active transportation and transit, and how they relate.
  • In Part II, trainees identify local policy, systems, and environment-based options to address first and last mile needs by understand existing conditions and demand.
  • The final section of the training, Part III, focuses on implementation of first and last mile strategies through prioritization techniques, design options, and funding sources.

Trainees will learn to assess their own community’s needs through group activities.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills needed to outline their own mobility program to address their community’s needs for connecting people to transit through biking and walking measures. They will be familiar with mobility-related concepts, issues, and solutions, as well as resources and funding available to guide implementation of their first and last mile solutions. All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs).

Walking School Bus

Walking or bicycling to school is a great way for students to be physically active. Increased physical activity improves student concentration and cognitive activity. Other benefits include the reduction of traffic around schools, reduced exposure to harmful emissions, and reduced transportation costs for families and schools.

Students need to be safe however they get to and from school. Walking school buses and bicycle trains combine preplanned routes to school with adult supervision to provide a safer walk or bike to school. Routes can originate from residential neighborhoods or from designated drop-off areas for those who live farther away. Routes may operate daily, weekly, monthly, or seasonally. Routes are often started to address parent concerns about traffic personal safety, while providing a chance for students to walk or bike to school safely.

What You'll Learn

  • Guidance and information to plan a walking school bus or bike train program
  • Examples of successful walking school bus/bike train programs
  • The opportunity to plan a walking school bus or bike train for your community
  • Recommendations on recruitment and structure to meet student and community needs
  • All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs)

Community Workshops

Workshops are focused on providing technical assistance to a community to create a policy or plan related to active transportation. Instruction and content is personalized for the community seeking the workshop. Applicants will serve as the ‘host’ agency and should ensure that a minimum of 8 key community stakeholders are in attendance.  Workshops last between 4 and 6 hours in duration. Applicants must complete the AT Basics eLearning course as a prerequisite to be considered. Complete the AT Basics eLearning courses through the LTAP eLearning system. Apply here to host a workshop in your community. 

Creating an Active Transportation Plan

Active Transportation Plan workshop provides instruction on and technical assistance with how to develop and begin implementation of an active transportation plan. Each workshop follows the same outline but is customized for each training audience based on their predominant development pattern: rural, suburban, or urban. The Active Transportation Basics eLearning course is a pre-requisite to participating in this workshop.

The workshop is divided into three parts:

  • Part I includes a refresher on the basics about assessing existing conditions and expected active transportation needs for their jurisdiction.
  • Part II covers design options for active transportation facilities suited to the street typologies in the specific jurisdiction, as well as public engagement tactics.
  • Part III provides funding options and information resources pertinent to the specific jurisdiction. This section also covers the steps to take after adopting an active transportation plan.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will have an understanding of the steps, information, and people involved to developing an active transportation plan. They will review peer jurisdictions’ active transportation plans; assess their jurisdiction’s active transportation-related strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats; identify expected active transportation needs; outline their active transportation plan and process; and identify where they need more assistance.

Creating a School Travel Plan

A School Travel Plan (STP) is a written document that outlines a community’s intentions for enabling students to engage in active transportation (i.e. walking or bicycling) as they travel to and from school. A comprehensive STP is created through a team-based approach that involves key community stakeholders and members of the public in both identifying barriers to active transportation and using the 5 Es (a set of solutions) to address them.

By completing a STP, your community will have a guiding document to assist in improving walking and bicycling conditions for students, including strategies for promoting and encouraging active transportation to school. Serving as a foundation for your SRTS program, the STP can be updated and modified as needed to comply with community values and goals.

Participants will become familiar with the Ohio School Travel Plan guidelines and template, and the five E’s of Safe Routes to School:

  • Engineering.
  • Education.
  • Encouragement.
  • Enforcement.
  • Evaluation.

What You'll Learn

  • Information on the importance of STP development for assessing the safety of student transportation
  • An overview of the ODOT School Travel Plan Guidance and Template
  • Information on local partners and resources needed to create successful a STP
  • How to begin planning a STP for your community
  • All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs)

Creating a Vision Zero Action Plan

This course provides instruction on how to create a Vision Zero Action Plan that centers on addressing crash fatalities. The course is divided into four parts:

  • Part I presents fundamentals of traffic safety and traffic-related crash trends. Wherever possible local examples will be used, so this part includes an evaluation of local crash patterns and trends.
  • In Part II, state-level traffic safety programs are discussed, and then the three main crash fatality initiatives are reviewed and compared, including Toward Zero Deaths, the Road to Zero, and Vision Zero.
  • Part III then covers Vision Zero in more detail – goals, components, and implementation steps.
  • The course concludes with Part IV, which includes a detailed review of the steps and elements needed to create a Vision Zero Action Plan, including reference and funding information.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills needed to create a Vision Zero Action Plan. They will be familiar with fundamentals of traffic safety, various crash fatality initiatives, Vision Zero program details, and resources and funding available to guide implementation. All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs).

Conducting Walk and Bike Audits

The workshop supports communities with delivering a walk audit and applying technical expertise to a particular project or corridor in order to document needed improvements. Through a customized, hands-on workshop, the course provides assistance to communities to assess current conditions for walking in certain neighborhoods or along particular corridors through a combination of interactive classroom and field activities. The participants will examine data and other information pertinent to their community’s walking and biking conditions, and conduct at least one walk audit along a predetermined route so that they may experience the built environment from a pedestrian’s perspective. The participants will complete the course having collected and analyzed information on the walking and biking needs in their community, and will have an outline of next steps to address any issues and incorporate findings into larger planning efforts in their community.

What You'll Learn

Upon completion of this course, participants will be familiar with the process to identify the need for, plan, and conduct walk audits. They will have conducted at least one walk audit in their community, and will have documented findings of the walkability of neighborhoods and/or corridors in their community. All workshops will provide attendees with public domain continuing education units (CEUs).

Getting Started

The Walk Audit Assessment Form identifies barriers to walking and biking in the project study area. This Assessment Form is for you to use when conducting your walk audits. It lists some characteristics and issues related to pedestrian and cyclist safety and comfort to observe during the audit. Use this checklist to document what you see and feel as you walk around your community.

Download Walk Audit Assessment Form


Self-paced, online learning includes recorded, eLearning courses and links to other related resources. These are self-paced and accessible at your convenience. eLearning courses are self-guided and range from 2 to 3 hours in duration. For a full listing of Active Transportation Academy eLearning courses and access the eLearning system, visit the page below.

Go to  Active Transportation eLearning Courses

Archived Material

These courses have been retired from Active Transportation Academy; however, material used for the courses is available here for reference.

Incorporating Safe Routes to School into Wellness, School, and Community Policy & Planning

Incorporating SRTS into Wellness Policy (PowerPoint)

Safe Routes to School Lesson Plans

Introduction to School Lesson Plans (PowerPoint)

Grade K-2 Lesson Guide (PowerPoint)

Grade 3-5 Lesson Guide (PowerPoint)

SRTS Lesson Ideas (PDF)

SRTS Lesson Guides Grades K-2 (PDF)

SRTS Lesson Guides 3-5 (PDF)

SRTS Lesson Guides 6-8 (PDF)

Non-Infrastructure Toolkit

Non-Infrastructure Toolkit Workshop (PowerPoint)

Non-Infrastructure Toolkit (PDF)