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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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Education and Enforcement

Safety around schools is promoted through the use of enforcement, education and engineering measures.  The education of parents and students raises safety awareness and influences better choices and behaviours during school travel, but sometimes, enforcement is also required to encourage these proper choices.

 

How can I help improve safety around schools? 

  • Encourage students to walk or cycle to school, or get picked up and dropped off a short distance away from school.
  • Create walking groups of several families, in which parents take turns walking the children to school.
  • Determine and discuss the safest route to walk or cycle.
  • Wear brightly coloured clothing to be visible to drivers.
  • Observe proper practice when crossing streets.
  • Obey the “No Stopping”, “No Parking”, and “Drop-off & Pick-up Only” signage.
  • Respect the School Areas and Reduced Speed School Zones.
  • Be alert and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians at all intersections and crosswalks.

Above all—Choose Safety over Convenience!

 

Education 

School assembly encouraging active travelActive Travel

There are many opportunities for schools to encourage alternative forms of travel to get to school, such as cycling or walking.  Incentive programs and ongoing reminders may help to change behaviour which will benefit all with less traffic congestion in front of the school.

For more information on how the City is getting involved, visit our School Travel Planning page.

Crosswalk Training

It is important that students learn how to be safe pedestrians, including how to cross roads, at home, in the classroom, and while walking in the neighbourhood.

Behaviour Reminders for Drivers 

When making changes to parking regulations or traffic flow around a school or in the pick-up/drop-off lot, it is helpful to reinforce and explain the changes through school newsletters and discussions at the school.  It is also helpful to remind parent drivers periodically of what the signs mean. 

Posters on the BCAA school safety website are also available for use in the school.

Speed Watch program in actionSpeed Watch

Speed Watch can be a useful tool to remind drivers that a school is in the area and that drivers should slow down.  The Speed Watch program, which serves an educational role, uses trained volunteers with radar guns to measure vehicle speeds and display them on large signboards.  Speed-limit violators will receive a letter in the mail, explaining that they were caught speeding.  Speed Watch is run by the RCMP; to find your local Community Policing Station, please visit the Surrey RCMP website to volunteer or find out whether Speed Watch is available in your area.

 

Enforcement  

By-law Enforcement

At most schools, No Parking or No Stopping signs are in place.  These signs are important as they ensure students can see and be seen when on the road.  When changes are made to the parking restrictions, and after a sufficient grace period for parents to understand signage changes, City By-law Enforcement are able to follow up and enforce the signs to encourage compliance. 

RCMP Enforcement

Prior to the installation of traffic calming measures, or where traffic calming is unable to be supported, RCMP enforcement may be helpful to remind motorists of the speed limit and safe driving behaviours.