Schools and Playgrounds

Information related to school zones, school buses and playground zones.

A Different Approach to School Zone Safety

Seven years ago I wrote about a safe trip to school, commenting on my experience that a significant part of the safety problem was caused by teachers and parents themselves. Their driving behaviour as they showed up to work or dropped off their children sometimes left a lot to be desired. Did they not realize that they were creating their own problem?

The School Year Begins Again

School BusWe place a high value on our children and signify that with school and playground zones. Traffic is required to slow to the lowest speed limit that we normally post and drivers are expected to pay more attention than usual. Students must get to and from school safely.

Having said that, sometimes the greatest danger in a school zone is presented by parents and teachers.

RESOURCE - Developing a School Traffic Safety Program

School Crossing GuardYes, it's time to consider going back to school again this year. Will it be safe for our children to go to and from school each day?

Somewhere in British Columbia an unsafe situation will be identified and someone will try to do something about it. Understanding what traffic engineers will consider may significantly increase the chances of successfully implementing a change.

Back to School 2016

This could potentially be my 30th back to school article since I started writing about traffic safety. With that observation comes the question of how can I possibly write something new on the subject? It’s not like I’m going to be the only one that tries to draw your attention to the topic in the next couple of weeks. Everyone has a stake in this facet of road safety, but do we truly have your attention and will you give it some thought?

Stopping for a School Bus

School BusAccording to the Association of School Transportation Services of British Columbia, travel by school bus is statistically the safest method of ground transportation in Canada and by a substantial margin. I’m sure that we all expect and demand nothing less when our children and grandchildren are riding those buses to and from schools and school related events. Surely all drivers should understand this and not hesitate to stop when the red lights on a stopped bus are flashing.

RESOURCE - Plan a Safe Route to School

School Crossing Guardschoolzone is a very interesting app created during a hackathon using open data provided by ICBC and the provincial government. Visit the site, enter your home address, your child's school address and press GO to find the most direct route to the school displayed on the map. The map also displays crash locations. To avoid them, simply drag the route to adjust it to a safer path.

RESOURCE - BCAA School Safety Patrol Program

School Crossing GuardThe School Safety Patrol Program is a public service provided free of charge to elementary schools by the BCAA. Part of the CAA's School Safety Patrol Program it is recognized as an outstanding initiative for reducing injuries and deaths among 5-12 year olds.

Back to School 2013

Back to school! Time to learn about waiting your turn, lining up nicely, being courteous to others and following the rules. No, I'm not talking about students, I'm talking about the adults because many of the traffic problems found in school zones are caused by parents driving their children to school. Even the occasional teacher might bend the rules if they are late for work.

What Does It Cost to Slow Down in a School Zone?

School Crossing GuardIt's tough to write a fresh article on some traffic safety topics. Urging drivers to watch for children and slow down in school zones at the start of each school year is one example of this. Everyone should know this along with the fact that traffic police will be active in school zones issuing expensive tickets for those who don't slow to 30 on a regular school day.

A Safe Trip to School

School Crossing GuardThis article may be one of many that you read over the next week or so reminding you that our children will soon be on their way to school again. They will remind you that school zones will be in effect, school crossing guards must be obeyed and that caution around stopped school buses is required.

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