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The electronic translation service on the City of Surrey’s web site is hosted by Google Translate. The quality of the translation may vary in some of the languages offered by Google. The goal of the basic translation is to capture the general intention of the original English material.

Google Translate is a free service and currently offers translation in over 50 languages. Unfortunately, not all the languages spoken in the City of Surrey are translated. Punjabi is one of the languages not currently offered, and to remedy the situation, the City has been in contact with Google and they have committed to making Punjabi available in the future.

The City of Surrey cannot guarantee the quality, accuracy, or completeness of any translated information. Before you act on translated information, the City encourages you to confirm any facts that are important to you and the decisions you make.

The City of Surrey offers interpretation services at all its facilities. If you have a question about the material you read on our web site, we encourage you to stop by a City facilities to discuss it. You can also contact the City at (604) 591-4011 to receive interpretation support.

The City is committed to enhancing the accessibility of its web site to all its citizens, and appreciates any feedback that it receives.

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Engineering Infrastructure

There are numerous engineering solutions that the City implements in order to improve safety around schools, such as:

  • Crosswalks 
  • Curb Extensions  
  • Sidewalks 
  • Signage 
  • Traffic Calming 
  • Vegetation Clearance

Since the introduction of the Safe and Active Schools Program in 2009, the City has planned and completed many projects at or near schools:


Completed in 2010 

Completed in 2011

Planned for 2012 

New or Upgraded Crossings  12 


Sidewalks / Pathways


Signage   37 


Traffic Calming  16 


Total Number of Projects 68



Explore a listing of planned or completed projects by school .  Note that we're regularly updating this list as projects are planned and completed.     



Enhanced crosswalkA crosswalk or pedestrian signal is a marked location on a road designated for pedestrian crossing.  According to the BC Motor Vehicle Act, an intersection is a legal crosswalk whether marked or unmarked, and drivers are required to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians.

The City of Surrey employs several different forms of pedestrian crosswalks, including standard or enhanced marked cPedestrian signalrosswalks, activated flashing crosswalks and pedestrian signals.

City staff use nationally accepted guidelines and Council approved practices when determining what type of crosswalk, if any, to implement.  Studies have shown that the over-provision of crosswalks, or their introduction at locations where they are not warranted, can lead motorists to ignore these crossings, reducing overall road safety.

Discover more on crosswalk warrant criteria.


Curb Extensions 

Curb extensionA curb extension, or curb bulge, narrows the road, usually at an intersection, to reduce pedestrian crossing distance, increase pedestrian visibility, and define parking bays, preventing motorists from parking too close to intersections or driveways.

See details on curb extensions.

Children running on a sidewalkSidewalks 

Each year, the City builds several kilometres of new sidewalks through the Capital Sidewalk program.  Sidewalks in close proximity to schools are given higher priority.

Get more information on sidewalks.



School zone sign with 30 km/h tabSchool Area Signs

School area signs, and sometimes 30km/h tabs, are installed on streets fronting the school property and according to a set of criteria, which includes the location of sidewalks and school entrances, fencing characteristics and road classification.


No Parking

"No Parking" signNo Parking signs are often installed in parking bays or streets along the school frontage.  These signs allow drivers to stop to pick up or drop off their children, allowing more vehicles to utilize that area than if parking were permitted, thereby reducing congestion.  In No Parking zones, drivers should not leave their vehicles.

See more on parking regulations.


No Stopping

"No Stopping" signNo stopping signs are used to keep curb space clear for visibility and accessibility reasons—stopping to pick up or drop off is prohibited.  Examples of use are at the approaches to crosswalks, at curves and intersections, and on the opposite side of the street from the school in order to discourage jaywalking between parked cars.  It is often convenient to disregard these signs, but by doing so even just for a minute, children’s safety can be put at risk.


"No left turn" signNo Left Turn

Preventing left turns during peak school times allows traffic to flow without turning movement conflicts, queuing and delays.



"No U-turns" signNo U-Turns

Prohibiting U-turns provides a safer environment for both vehicle and pedestrian traffic.  Using an alternate route may add a minute or two to your trip, but it will improve safety and minimize congestion in front of the school.


Traffic Calming 

Speed humpTraffic calming usually consists of speed humps, speed tables, or raised crosswalks, and is intended to slow traffic.  These devices have the same effect on car traffic, but we use each device in specific circumstances according to the function and type of road.

See more on traffic calming.


Vegetation Clearance 

Walkway with overgrown vegetationOvergrown vegetation can be a danger to pedestrians walking as they cover the sidewalks and block the safest walking routes or to drivers as they prevent clear sightlines around corners and intersections.

Did you know - it is the responsibility of the property owner to trim hedges and trees on their property that overhang or obstruct a sidewalk or walkway.

When the City becomes aware of a location that needs trimming, we are able to contact the responsible property owner to ensure that the trimming occurs.