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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.