Surrey kids who walk

Watch for kids as they ride, walk and roll to school

Surrey is the largest school district in B.C., with thousands of students taking various modes of transportation to their school each day.

As people return to work and school from summer holidays, drivers should allow extra time for travel , be extra cautious and watch for children, especially in school zones.

Each year the City of Surrey reviews traffic and pedestrian safety for Surrey schools as part of its Safe & Active Schools program. The program is the largest of its kind in B.C. and its mandate is making it safer for kids to walk, bike or scoot to school. Since 2010, more than 330 projects have been completed, ranging from changing parking regulations to building new sidewalks.

“Our Safe & Active Schools Program makes neighbourhood streets safer and provides children the opportunity to adopt healthy lifestyle habits, such as being able to walk or bike to school,” said Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts. “Providing alternative travel options, with a commitment to improving road safety, helps to build a sense of community in our neighbourhoods, with the added benefit of reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.”

Karen Klein, the  local road safety coordinator for ICBC, said the start of the school year is an exciting time for kids.

“We’re asking parents to review the rules of the road with their children and go over their daily route to and from school,” Klein said.

During the first days of school, Surrey RCMP officers will be out in force to remind drivers throughout our communities to slow down in school zones.

“Surrey is the largest school district in the province and we have thousands of students taking various modes of transportation to their school each day,” said Surrey RCMP Officer-in-Charge Bill Fordy. “It is essential that all drivers be aware of the reduced speed limits and do their part to ensure that the students are safe.”

Surrey kids who walk, bike, blade, scoot or use other non-motorized transportation to school may enter the City’s Active Travel Contest. Complete a brief survey daily from Sept. 4-27 at www.surrey.ca/transportation for a chance to win  prizes. One entry per child per school per day.

Surrey North Delta Leader

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘A bag full of garbage every 15 metres’: Surrey industrial area filled with trash

Local workers looking to recruit business, raise funds to help dispose of litter

Survey suggests 83 per cent of Surreyites ‘favour a referendum’ on policing transition

Survey was conducted by Pollara Strategic Insights on behalf of the National Police Federation

Racist graffiti sparks Cloverdale man to renew calls for City to clean up street

Hate message the latest garbage dumped at the end of 176th Street

Brand new Tesla crashes into Surrey store front, mounts gas line

Driver was heading to the Autoplan store, straight off the lot

Surrey RCMP looking for missing 21-year-old

Police say Kenny Tran was last seen at around 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 19

VIDEO: B.C. senior recalls ‘crazy’ wartime decision to grab bear cub from den

Henry Martens – now 96 – says he was lucky to be alive after youthful decision to enter a bear’s den

New Alberta forward joins Vancouver Giants’ ranks

new left-handed 18-year-old is a familiar face to Giants head coach Michael Dyck

Cheapest in B.C.: Penticton gas prices dip below $1 per litre

Two stores in Penticton have gas below a dollar.

Loans or gifts? Judge rules woman must pay B.C. man back $7K

B.C. judge rules that woman must pay back more than $7,000 in advanced funds to man

VIDEO: Outpouring of worldwide support for bullied Australian boy

Australian actor Hugh Jackman said ‘you are stronger than you know, mate’

Mugging with airsoft gun results in Langley school lockdown

Police found the weapon and a stolen phone later

‘A horror show:’ Ex-employee shares experience at problematic Chilliwack seniors’ home

Workers are paid below industry standard at all Retirement Concepts facilities

Forest industry protests northern B.C. caribou protection deal

B.C. Mining Association supports federal-Indigenous plan

Chilliwack physiotherapist charged with sexual assault

Mounties urging other potential victims to make contact

Most Read