Get to School Safely
We work closely with the West Vancouver School District to improve safety near schools.
Traffic calming like traffic circles, speed bumps, signage, and one-way drop-off/pick-up zones help to organize traffic and slow cars down. Sidewalks and crosswalks near schools create safer spaces for pedestrians to walk.
While infrastructure improvements are important, we also need participation from parents and the school community to help make improvements as effective as possible.
Whether you’re headed to school, or just trying to get where you’re going:
- Plan ahead. Give yourself more time to travel than you have over the summer.
- Slow down. Obey 30 km/hr speed limits in school and playground zones.
- Pay attention. Set aside distractions, and please respect and follow directions of any flag persons on your route. They direct traffic to keep everyone safe.
Fewer cars in the school area reduce conflict, so avoid driving into a congested school area if you can walk instead.
Give yourself enough time to travel. Distracted driving and impatient actions put our students at risk. If you must drive into the school zone...
- Drive lawfully and safely, without distraction - your behaviour is a model for your kids
- Obey 30 km/hr School Zone and Playground Zone speed limits
- Yield for pedestrians in crosswalks
- Obey posted "No Stopping" and "No Parking" signs. Pick-up and drop-off only means no parking. Please park somewhere else if you plan to linger.
- Encourage children to cross only at designated crosswalks and to look both ways before crossing the street
- Don't block crosswalks, driveways, or fire hydrants
- Don't make a U-Turn, back up, or use driveways to turn around - these moves can put kids at risk
- Don't pass stopped vehicles - there may be a child crossing the street
Walking and cycling to school helps reduce traffic congestion near schools and improves safety. The more people walk, the safer the school area is for walking.
Beginning and ending the school day with active transportation is good for your body and your brain, plus it’s a fun way to cut down on greenhouse gas emissions for a cleaner environment.
If you walk or wheel in a school zone, make sure you look, listen, and be seen...
- Look out for yourself, and pay attention to your surroundings
- Listen and walk or ride without distraction (for example, not while text messaging)
- Dress to be seen. Wear bright clothing or backpacks.
- Look both ways and cross only at designated crosswalks
- Be extra cautious at intersections
- Be safe, but enjoy yourself!
- Don’t assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers before crossing.
- Don’t enter the road unexpectedly.
Choose to carpool, bus or use active transportation options (such as walking), which helps reduce congestion and increase safety in our school zones during busy pick-up and drop-off times.
“Drive 2 Five” by parking a 5-minute distance away from school and walking with your child.
After school, meet them at school and walk back to the car together. A walk is a great time to connect with your child and learn something interesting about their day.