Safer School Travel

Safer School Travel (SST) Program

SST is developed by the Safer City Team to assist Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) in developing a SST Plan. Every school should have a SST plan, and it's the goal of the Safer City Program to take every school in Maple Ridge through this program. A realistic and balanced approach is required between providing for the safety of children and the mobility of vehicles.

Step-by-Step Progress

A school's PAC works with the Maple Ridge Safer City Coordinator through the step-by-step program. Once all the issues have been identified and supporting documentation gathered, stakeholders are invited to participate in developing strategies to reduce the problems. These stakeholders include the City of Maple Ridge, the School District, community associations and transit. Each school will have specific needs to be met and the stakeholder group will be called as required to help resolve issues.

Three Es

All SST plans focus on the three Es - Education, Enforcement and Engineering. The most cost-effective and long lasting of these is education. Driver and pedestrian behaviour can have immediate impacts. Start today to encourage awareness of SST at your school.

TravelSmart Transportation Workshop for Schools

Understanding smart travel options is a great way for kids to create a lifetime appreciation of the importance of transportation choices to their health, safety, and the environment. This 1.5 hour free transportation workshop by TravelSmart is for students in grades 6, 7 8 & 9 to learn practical tips, such as how they can plan transit trips using web-based tools, as well as concepts regarding the importance of sustainable transportation options including cycling, walking, carpooling and transit.

This interactive workshop is sponsored by TransLink and is fully funded so that there no cost to participating schools. View the flyer (PDF) and you can book your workshop today by emailing TravelSmart or by call them at 778-375-7790.

Topics Include:

  • tips for taking transit on your own
  • safety and security
  • a fun five-minute video discussing transit etiquette and sustainable transportation
  • the chance to have a bus and trainer visit your school
  • TravelSmart game, with prizes including free transit tickets