Vancouver temporarily closes streets next to select elementary schools

Apr 12 2021, 10:16 am

A pilot project over the next four weeks will close adjacent streets next to three elementary schools in a bid to encourage active transportation.

The City of Vancouver announced today it has partnered with the Vancouver School Board on the “School Streets” pilot project for Hastings Elementary, Lord Roberts Elementary, and Van Horne Elementary between April 12 and May 7.

The closure will establish a car-free block next to the school for walking and cycling during drop-off and pick-up for under an hour in each of the morning and afternoon periods coinciding with the start and end of the school day.

“The Vancouver School Board is dedicated to promoting active transportation, as outlined in the District’s Environmental Sustainability Plan,” says Carmen Cho, chair of the Vancouver School Board, in a statement.

“We hope many students will take this opportunity to experience walking, cycling or rolling to school.”

According to the city, this strategy is part of the recently approved Climate Emergency Action Plan, and the Transportation 2040 Plan.

A survey of parents at Van Horne Elementary found 75% were supportive of the pilot project, which will provide information on whether the policy could see some permanence and be expanded to other schools.

Kenneth ChanKenneth Chan

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