Hastings Elementary School with a School Streets information banner on the fence

School Streets

What you need to know

Encouraging active travel to school is part of our Climate Emergency Action Plan. We're partnering with the Vancouver School Board to pilot School Streets at three local elementary schools for four weeks in spring 2021.

Student health and safety is a top priority. We’re piloting School Streets to better understand if they can encourage active travel and a safer environment for all.

School Street barrier sign​​​​​​​​​​​​​​A School Street is a car-free block beside a school open to walking, biking, and rolling during pick-up/drop-off (30 to 45 minutes depending on location).

No motor vehicles are permitted to enter or exit the block when the School Street is in effect but parked vehicles may remain.

School Streets is a popular program in many jurisdictions around the world and has been shown to:

  • Create a safer environment for children
  • Improve air quality
  • Encourage active travel to school and promote independent mobility
  • Reduce congestion and vehicle volumes around schools
  • Support physical distancing needs due to COVID-19

Pilot schools

Hastings Elementary: 

  • Street closure to motor vehicles: Franklin St between Penticton St and Slocan St
  • Time in effect: 8:40am to 9:10am and 2:40pm to 3:10pm
  • View School Street diagram (PNG)

Lord Roberts Elementary:

  • Street closure to motor vehicles: Comox St between Bidwell St and Cardero St
  • Time in effect: 8:30am to 9:15am and 2:30pm to 3:15pm
  • View School Street diagram (PNG)

Van Horne Elementary:

  • Street closure to motor vehicles: 43rd Ave between Manitoba St and Ontario St
  • Time in effect: 8:40am to 9:10am and 2:40pm to 3:10pm
  • View School Street diagram (PNG)

What's happeningPilot starts Monday, April 12 until Friday, May 7

School Streets will be implemented only on school days when students are attending, not holidays, professional development (Pro-D) days, or if the school is closed for any reason.

Learn more

Slow Streets

Slow Streets are routes for walking, cycling, and rolling that make it easier to exercise and access businesses in your local neighbourhood.