Barriers at Hastings Elementary for the School Streets closures

School Streets

What you need to know

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

We are expanding the School Streets program for the 2021-22 school year.

School Street barrier signA 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 highlights

  • 29% of families reported driving less
  • 32% of families reported walking more
  • 76% of parents want the School Street to continue

Read the report (2.6 MB)

School Streets expansion

We are currently exploring how to expand the School Streets program for the 2021 to 2022 school year, and plan to launch School Streets at new schools in spring 2022. 

Current School Streets

Lord Roberts Elementary:

  • Street closure to motor vehicles: Comox St between Bidwell St and Cardero St
  • Dates: Wednesday, September 8, to Thursday, June 29, school days only
  • Time in affect: 8:40am to 9:10am and 2:40pm to 3:30pm
  • View School Street diagram (16 KB)

Learn more and get involved

Slow Streets

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