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 at Queensbury Elementary 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 benefits of walking or biking to school are numerous:

Benefits of Active Transportation

 

Best Routes to Schools

The SASTP program 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.

School Specific Maps & Information:

Related Programs


Cycling Education

The City has funded 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. It also gives children and their families the confidence to start cycling as a means of recreation, exercise and transportation, which could lead to a lifelong love for cycling. In the 2016/2017 school year, staff piloted an expansion of the program to provide cycling education to all Grade 6 students in public and private elementary schools within the City. All Grade 6 students participated in an in-class workshop and building sessions in a simulation course on school grounds and on the road.

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.


Bike to School Week

Bike to School Week takes place during last week of May each year. Watch for daily events and festivities such as bike rodeos and special guests at the schools and throughout the City. Learn more: www.cnv.org/BikeToWorkWeek

 

We asked families about their school travel habits. The results helped identify safe travel routes, minimize safety issues around schools, and facilitate programs that encourage walking and cycling to school. See: School Travel Survey Results.

In 2013 1586 families from 26 North Vancouver elementary schools took part in a school travel survey. Survey results have helped the City and District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver School District, and individual schools understand what influences how families choose to get their children to school.

School Travel Survey Results

We asked families about their school travel habits. The results helped identify safe travel routes, minimize safety issues around schools, and facilitate programs that encourage walking and cycling to school. See: School Travel Survey Results.

In 2013 1586 families from 26 North Vancouver elementary schools took part in a school travel survey. Survey results have helped the City and District of North Vancouver, the North Vancouver School District, and individual schools understand what influences how families choose to get their children to school.

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