Back to School Traffic Safety Tips from the VPD and VSB

The first week back to school is always a hectic and exciting time. Traffic-wise, things can get particularly busy, especially near schools. For the safety of all children we are strongly encouraging everyone to drive carefully and obey traffic signs around school grounds. If possible, we are encouraging everyone to walk, cycle or carpool to school. If you must drive, consider parking a few blocks away and walk the rest of the way. 

The following are traffic signs that are typically posted around Vancouver schools.

School Days


 These signs designate the zones where vehicles are not permitted to stop under any circumstances.  These zones are kept clear to provide good sight lines for drivers to see students and students to see drivers.

School Zone

 School Area Signs

This sign is used in advance of school to warn drivers that children may be walking along or crossing the road. On local streets 30 km/hr signs are posted and the speed limit is 30 km/hr from 8 am - 5 pm on school days.


No Parking


 These signs designate the zones for active picking up and dropping off of students.  Do not park and leave the vehicle in these zones.

Walking to School

School Crosswalk Signs

A school crosswalk sign indicates where children will be crossing the road.  Vehicles must yield to pedestrians at all intersections and crosswalks.  Vehicles must remain stopped until children are safely across and on the curb.  Please remember children are playful and impulsive and may enter the roadway suddenly.

3 Minute Parking

"3 min Parking 8am - 5pm SCHOOL DAYS"

These signs designate the zones for picking up and dropping off of students where parking is permitted for 3 minutes.

School Patrol

School Safety Patrols

School safety patrols direct and help students cross at intersections near schools.  The school safety patrols are given important responsibilities and follow established procedures to help to ensure the safety of students.  Please respect the patrol.

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