St. Edmund's Elementary

In the 2018/2019 school year, the Safe and Active School Travel Program was launched at St. Edmund’s Elementary. This program is an 18-month program funded by the City and facilitated by Urban Systems. The program began with a survey of parents and students to better understand the current modes of transportation and the top safety issues around the school and surrounding neighbourhood. A stakeholder group consisting of parents, school and City staff, and other community partners then completed a ‘walkabout’ to physically assess the area around the school and develop a list of issues and opportunities relating to infrastructure improvements, as well as education and engagement initiatives.

Through a facilitated visioning session, students at St. Edmund’s came up with the following school travel vision:

“T-Birds arrive to school from far and wide through safe and active modes, looking out for each other to make their community strong!”

SASTP activities have included:

  • The “Walk a Block (or More!) Challenge,” which encourages parents/guardians who drive to drop students off a few minutes away from the school zone and walk in
  • A bike parade, with bike decorating activities
  • Development of Winter Walk Day activities
  • Safety Blitzes involving the RCMP, ICBC, and North Vancouver Speed Watch

To provide further support, an official Best Routes to School and brochure  was created to help parents and students plan their walking and cycling routes, as well as identify locations a short distance away from the school where students can be dropped off and they can walk the rest of the way.

Together, these safe and active travel programs and initiatives will decrease congestion near the school drop off zones, reduce pollutants from idling vehicles, and provide students with more physical activity each day.

St Edmunds Safe Routes to School Map

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