School Streets

About this Initiative

DASH is happy to share that we have partnered with the City of Vancouver to continue and grow the School Streets Program!

A School Street is a designated car-free block in front of a school that remains open to walking, biking, and rolling during pick-up and drop-off times. School Streets have been shown to increase and promote active travel, reduce congestion and vehicle volumes around schools, create a safer environment for students, and support community connectedness. Last year, School Streets program highlights were:

  1. 29% of families reported driving less
  2. 32% of families reported walking more
  3. 76% of parents reported that they wanted the School Street to continue

The program will be continuing at the 3 pilot schools, Hastings Elementary, Lord Roberts Elementary, and Van Horne Elementary for the 2021-2022 school year. We will also be expanding the School Streets program to new school communities next Spring. If your school community is interested in introducing a School Street, fill out this Interest Form.

Call for Volunteers!

To ensure this program is a success and the School Streets remain as safe as possible, we are recruiting two (2) volunteers to cover each shift at each school.

Time commitment:

  • We are looking for a commitment of one (or more) volunteer shift peer week, ideally for a minimum of one month. With this, we understand that it may be difficult to commit long-term and are happy to receive your support at whatever capacity.
  • Shifts are 40 minutes in the morning (8:35am-9:15am) or afternoon (2:35pm-3:15pm*) on school days only (Monday – Friday).
  • *Please note that Lord Roberts afternoon shifts are 1 hour (2:35pm-3:35pm)

Volunteer duties:

  • Moving barriers on or off the street before and after shift
  • Interact with, answer questions and/or provide contact information to interested residents/parents

Learn More and Sign-Up to Volunteer Here!

To learn more about the pilot and the benefits of a School Street, visit the City of Vancouver’s website: vancouver.ca/School-Streets

For questions about volunteering, please reach out to Lauren (DASH BC) at loleksewich@dashbc.ca or 604-365-3960

For any other questions about the School Streets Program or to provide feedback, please email SchoolActiveTravel@vancouver.ca