Take extra care on the roads with schools back in session

Schools & Students

Drivers are being urged to take extra care on Vancouver’s roads with school back in session.

Vancouver School Board official trustee Dianne Turner joined Vancouver Police Department and special guests at Renfrew Elementary to deliver the road safety message on the return to school.

“Every school day, 50,000 students travel to and from our schools in Vancouver,” says Turner. “Be alert to their presence, drive appropriately for the conditions and help them reach school and return home safely.”

There are 30 kilometres per hour zones in effect around schools between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. every school day.

“There is a lot of street and building work taking place around Vancouver this year, so please take extra care when navigating those disruptions to the normal flow of people and traffic,” Turner adds. She also asks drivers to respect the student patrollers who help fellow students cross the street in some neighbourhoods.

Drivers who drop off and pick up their children at school are asked to follow the City of Vancouver’s signs that designate drop off and pick up zones around schools. They are there to create good sight lines and a safe environment for children walking or cycling to school, or going to and from vehicles.

Warren Lemcke, deputy chief constable of Vancouver Police Department, Education Minister Rob Fleming, Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Mike Farnworth, and Raymond Louie, acting mayor for the City of Vancouver, joined the official trustee at Renfrew Elementary.

“Road safety is a shared responsibility and we’re asking drivers to give themselves extra time so everyone gets to their destination safely,” says Lemcke.

School returns for a one-hour session today (Sep. 5). Tomorrow is the first full day of school.

Learn more: Bike, walk and roll to school safety tips