Safe & Active School Travel Program

Together with North Vancouver School District (NVSD), the City's Safe and Active School Travel Program (SASTP) encourages safe and healthy school travel habits through outreach and improvements to the transportation infrastructure around schools. The program was launched in 2014 and has expanded to include nine schools.

School Travel Planning Facilitators work directly with the administration, students, and families at each school over about 18 months to identify barriers to active travel, encourage walking and rolling, and develop maps and an action plan tailored specifically to the school.

The City provides ongoing support through a variety of initiatives and continues to explore innovative and effective ways to encourage active and safe travel to schools.

Recent Progress – Infrastructure Improvements and Actions

Through SASTP, the City works with schools to assess the area around the school and develop a list of issues and opportunities relating to infrastructure improvements.

  • Quick-build curb bulges made of flexible delineator posts have been added at eight locations along “best routes” to school. Curb bulges are designed to improve safety at intersections and ensure clear visibility of pedestrians crossing the street, by extending the curbs and shortening the crossing distance. (Fall 2021)
  • Gaps in the sidewalk network were filled at Queensbury Elementary to improve safety for pedestrians accessing the school from all directions. (Fall 2021)
  • The City collaborated with local artists and students at Ridgeway Elementary to create murals within the curb bulge areas along E 9th Street. Phil Phil Studio designed the murals based on input from the school community, and Ridgeway students helped paint the murals on-street. (Spring 2021)

SASTP Initiatives

The SASTP action plans for each school identify a range of infrastructure upgrades to improve safety for children, families, and neighbours using streets around schools through improved signage, crosswalk markings, curb bulges, and sightline improvements. Every year, the City prioritizes as many of these interventions as possible to deliver through the capital plan.

curb bulge

The City provides funding to the North Vancouver School District for paid adult crossing guards at all five of its public elementary schools. These trained crossing guards help students and families cross the street at key intersections before and after school, in order to keep students safe and encourage walking and rolling to school.

adult crossing guard

The City has funded in-class and on-road cycling education for up to three schools per year since 2012. Providing cycling education at an early age is essential to ensuring children are cycling safely for the rest of their lives. The program has since expanded to include grade 5 and 6 students at each school on a rotating basis, with the goal that all City students participate in cycling education before they start high school.

cycling education

Bike to School Week is an annual celebration coordinated by HUB Cycling to encourage students to bike, roll or walk to school. HUB provides promotional materials, prizes and more. Learn more at cnv.org/GBBW.

bikes

A walking school bus (WSB) is an organized group of students who regularly walk to and from school together with the support of one or more adult leaders. In coordination with TransLink and the North Vancouver School District, the City is supporting a WSB pilot program at all five SD44 elementary schools within the city. The program will be delivered by DASH, a local non-profit organization. Learn more on the DASH website.

walking school bus participants

The Safe and Active School Travel Program (SASTP) looks at current transportation issues (such as unsafe crossing conditions and barriers to active transportation) and opportunities (such as existing pedestrian and bicycle paths) around each school.

Each school gets a "Best Routes to School" map that shows the preferred routes for walking and rolling to school. Find the map for your school below.

sample of best route

Infrastructure Improvements and Action Plans

The SASTP action plans for each school identify a range of infrastructure upgrades to improve safety for children, families, and neighbours using streets around schools through improved signage, crosswalk markings, curb bulges, and sightline improvements. Every year, the City prioritizes as many of these interventions as possible to deliver through the capital plan.

curb bulge

Adult Crossing Guards

The City provides funding to the North Vancouver School District for paid adult crossing guards at all five of its public elementary schools. These trained crossing guards help students and families cross the street at key intersections before and after school, in order to keep students safe and encourage walking and rolling to school.

adult crossing guard

Cycling Education

The City has funded in-class and on-road cycling education for up to three schools per year since 2012. Providing cycling education at an early age is essential to ensuring children are cycling safely for the rest of their lives. The program has since expanded to include grade 5 and 6 students at each school on a rotating basis, with the goal that all City students participate in cycling education before they start high school.

cycling education

Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week is an annual celebration coordinated by HUB Cycling to encourage students to bike, roll or walk to school. HUB provides promotional materials, prizes and more. Learn more at cnv.org/GBBW.

bikes

Walking School Bus Pilot

A walking school bus (WSB) is an organized group of students who regularly walk to and from school together with the support of one or more adult leaders. In coordination with TransLink and the North Vancouver School District, the City is supporting a WSB pilot program at all five SD44 elementary schools within the city. The program will be delivered by DASH, a local non-profit organization. Learn more on the DASH website.

walking school bus participants

Best Routes to School Maps

The Safe and Active School Travel Program (SASTP) looks at current transportation issues (such as unsafe crossing conditions and barriers to active transportation) and opportunities (such as existing pedestrian and bicycle paths) around each school.

Each school gets a "Best Routes to School" map that shows the preferred routes for walking and rolling to school. Find the map for your school below.

sample of best route

 

Best Route Maps, School Travel Plans, and Action Plans

Larson Elementary/Ecole Larson

Queen Mary Elementary

Queensbury Elementary

Ridgeway Elementary

Westview Elementary

Holy Trinity Elementary

St. Edmund’s Elementary

Carson Graham Secondary

Best Routes to School Map

School Travel Plan (2019)

Action Plan (coming soon)


Student Videos


Think Globally, Cycle Locally



Masked Society


Make Biking Great Again

Sutherland Secondary

Best Routes to School Map

School Travel Plan

Action Plan (coming soon)

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